Mitch Kaplan was studying law when he realized that he loved books and was really only interested in reading more books and meeting the authors than practicing the law that was on the books.
Kaplan opened his own bookstore in Coral Gables, Florida, in 1982. At 25 years of age, he knew nothing about running a business, but he says he quickly learned from his on the job training.
Today, Books and Books has 6 locations around Florida. Kaplan is also responsible for founding the Miami International Book Fair.
Most of the locations have an indoor cafe to encourage people to sit and linger over some books, whether they purchase them or not.
The company both founded and sponsors the Miami International Book Faire every November.
Due to the coronavirus, at the end of March 2020, Kaplan states that he had no choice but to close all of the locations until further notice. Books can still be purchased online, however.
The company maintains a corporate office in Coral Gables, Florida.