901 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; 313-961-0622; rarebooklink.com
As the market for e-readers expands, a place such as John King's become even more hallowed. But to be fair, King's has always been rather singular — four floors of a former glove factory are filled with nearly one million books, quietly exuding the power and possibility of the written word into the still, spacious rooms. It's the kind of soul you can't find by staring at a screen — although King's vast catalogue of rare and collectible books can be searched using an online database.
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