Business Spotlight – Burlington By the Book

Name/Title 

Christopher Murphy – Owner

What types of products/services does your business offer?

We are a retail bookstore that offers an assortment of popular titles for adults and children, plus we can special order titles that are not in stock. We also carry many gift and toy items along with local art and photography. We are proud to carry local and regional authors and have many book signing events throughout the year.

In addition, our website at Burlingtonbythebook.com gives customers access to millions of e-books for sale.

How long have you been in business?

 We are starting our fifth year.

How many employees do you have?

 Counting myself, there are four clerks. However, my family often helps out during the year.

Where is your business located?

 We are at 301 Jefferson in beautiful Downtown Burlington, IA.

What do you like most about what you do?

I love keeping the children’s selection full and watching families get excited about a great new book. As I type this, I am listening to a family discuss which books to get. And it sounds like they are having a ball!

What is your favorite thing about doing business in Southeast Iowa?

Southeast Iowa is home. It is where I grew up! Many of my customers were children when I first got into the retail book business, and now that I own my own bookstore, these same children have grown up and are bringing their own children into my store.

Who can customers contact if they want more information about your business? 

Burlington By the Book can be reached at 319-753-9981 or we can be reached by sending us a message from our Facebook page.