Independent Bookstores in California

A guide to the best Independent California bookstores

 

Alameda

Books Inc Alameda CABooks Inc.

1344 Park St.
Phone: (510) 522-2226 - Map

Books Inc., The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller, is a locally owned and operated independent bookseller with 10 locations in California. Books Inc.’s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books.

Arcata

Northtown Books - Arcata CANorthtown Books

957 H St.
Phone: (707) 822-2834
Type: New books
Specialty: Alternative/Political, Children's, Literary, Regional
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Independently owned and operated for over 48 years. Readers serving readers

Balboa Island

Martha's Bookstore - 308 1/2 Marine Ave. - (949) 673-7185

Benicia

Bookshop Benicia - 636 First St. - (707) 747-5155

Berkeley

Afikomen Judaica - 3042 Claremont Ave. - (510) 655-1977 - Specialty: Religion

Books Inc Berkeley CABooks Inc.

1760 Fourth St.
Phone: (510) 527-7777
Type: New books

Books Inc., The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller, is a locally owned and operated independent bookseller with 10 locations in California. Books Inc.’s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books.

Bookish Bookstore - 1816 Euclid Ave. - (510) 704-0900

Builders Booksource - 1817 Fourth St - (800) 843-2028
Specialty: Architecture/Desgin

Dark Carnival - 3086 Claremont Ave. - (510) 654-7323 - Specialty: Science Fiction/Fantasy/ Mystery

Eastwind Books - Berkeley CAEastwind Books of Berkeley

2066 University Ave
Phone: (510) 548-2350
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Educational, Asian American, Ethnic Studies, Traditional Chinese Medicine
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
Events: Author Sigings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

We are a bookstore that specializes in Asian, Asian American titles, language learning, children's books, martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine. We also carry Chinese calligraphy brushes, ink, watercolors and paper for your art projects. Book events and promotions for local authors, special book orders and institutional sales is also on our list of services.

Long Haul Infoshop - 3124 Shattuck Ave. - (510) 540-0751 Specialty: Anarchism

Moe's Books - 2476 Telegraph Ave. - (510) 849-2087 - Used books

Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts - 2904 College Ave. - (510) 704-8222

Pegasus Books - 1855 Solano Ave. - (510) 525-6888 - Used books

Pegasus Books - 2349 Shattuck Ave. - (510) 649-1320 - Used books

Revolution Books - 2425 Channing Way - (510) 848-1196 - Specialty: Politcs

Shakespeare & Co. Books - 2499 Telegraph Ave. - (510) 841-8916 - Used books

University Press Books - Berkeley CAUniversity Press Books

2430 Bancroft Way
Phone: (510) 548-0585
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: Alternative/Political, Art, Educational, Feminist, GLBT
Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Slow Reading Dinners, Writing Workshops
Find us: Facebook

We aim to be an ideal place in Berkeley to see, sample, discuss, and buy books published by the great English-language university presses, an intellectual and literary realm of infinite richness, ever renewing. Join us for bookish talk and dinners. Be one of our 10,000 minds on fire. Looking for books that are not currently on our shelves? We invite you to our new sister site, universitypressbooks.indiebound.com, where you can browse and order a wide range of books.

Bishop

Spellbinder Books & Coffee - 124 S. Main St - (760) 873-4511

Brentwood

All Inked Up Books - 629 1st St. - (925) 513-5610

Burlingame

Books Inc Burlingame CABooks Inc.

1375 Burlingame Ave - Map
Phone: (650) 685-4911
Type: New books

Books Inc., The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller, is a locally owned and operated independent bookseller with 10 locations in California. Books Inc.’s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books. The Burlingame Books Inc. is a complete general interest bookstore offering a great children's department, best sellers and experienced staff.

Calistoga

Copperfield's Books - 1330 Lincoln Ave - (707) 942-1616

Camarillo

Mrs. Figs' Bookworm - Carmarillo CAMrs. Figs' Bookworm

93 E. Daily Dr.
Phone: (805) 482-1384
Type: New books
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Specialty: General Interest, Children's
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook  

Mrs. Figs' Bookworm has been serving Camarillo, CA since 1973. We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful community, and we are genuinely grateful for the community's support!

Carmel

Pilgrim's Way Community Bookstore - Carmel by the Sea CAPilgrim's Way Community Bookstore & Secret Garden

Dolores St. between 5th & 6th
Phone: (800) 549-9922 or (831) 624-4955
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Psychic Consultations, Concerts, Artist Demonstrations
Find us: Facebook

For over forty years, Pilgrim’s Way has been a gem cherished by locals and tourists alike. Like the world around it, this little bookstore has evolved and expanded, while remaining steadfast and becoming the only remaining bookstore of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s original specialty of metaphysics has sustained, but a wide variety of new books and merchandise have found a place on these shelves. Titles ranging the gambit from new release bestsellers to children’s books and from nutrition to local interest; the store’s selection has proven as eclectic as the town’s residents. It’s a “Don’t Miss” stop on a Carmel-by-the-Sea adventure.

River House Books - 208 Crossroads Blvd. - (831) 626-2665

Chester

Books & Beyond - 140 Main St. - (530) 258-2150

Chico

Lyon Books - 135 Main St. - (530) 891-3338

Clovis

The Bookworm - 516 Fifth St. - (559) 298-7650 - Used books

Concord

Berkshire Books - 3480 Clayton Rd. (925) 685-9999 - Used books

Coronado

Bay Books - 1029 Orange Ave. - (619) 435-0070

Corte Madera

Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd. - (415) 927-0960

Danville

Rakestraw Books - 550 Hartz Ave. - (925) 837-7337

Read Booksellers - Danville CARead Booksellers

3630 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
Phone: (925) 736-9090
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Educational, Literary, Mystery
Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Book Groups, Children's Events
Find us: Facebook

Read Booksellers is located in the beautiful, outdoor Blackhawk Plaza complete with a variety of great restaurants and stores. Besides a large variety of books for both adults and children we are known for our collection of fine pens. GR Doodlebug Toy Store is connected to the book store.

Davis

Avid Reader - 617 Second St. - (530) 758-4040

Avid Reader Active - 605 Second St. - (530) 759-1599

El Cerrito

The Other Change of Hobbit - El Cerrito CAThe Other Change of Hobbit

1600 Kearney St. Ste. A
Phone: (510) 848-0413
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

A science fiction and fantasy bookstore, serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1977 and the Internet since 1994.

El Dorado Hills

Face in a Book - El Dorado Hills CAFace in a Book

4359 Town Center Blvd., #113
Phone: (916) 941-9401
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's
Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings
Find us: Facebook

We exist for one simple reason: For the love of books. Face in a Book is a different kind of bookstore hub for reading enthusiasts and novices alike seeking books on every subject. Located in the heart of Town Center in El Dorado Hills, California, Face in a Book aims to delight readers of all ages. In addition to over 3000 titles to choose from, Face in a Book is your neighborhood destination for fun, affordable gifts, greeting cards, stationery, and jewelry for any occasion.

Encino

Storyopolis - 16740 Ventura Blvd. - (818) 990-7600 - Children's books

Eureka

Eureka Books - 426 Second St. - (707) 444-9593 - Used books - Specialty: Antiquarian

Fresno

Book Nook - 6735 North 1st St., Ste. 109 - (559) 438-6502 - Used books

Petunias Place Fresno CAPetunias Place

6027 N. Palm Ave. @ Opus I Shopping Ctr.
Phone: (559) 438-1561
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional, History, Religion, Science Fiction
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Curiosities, Art, Toys/Games

Fine books for toddlers, young adults, older young adults and adults. The only independent, locally owned book store in the entire San Joaquin Valley.

Grass Valley

The Book Seller - 107 Mill St. - (530) 272-2131

Booktown Books - 107 Bank St. - (530) 272-4655 - Used books

Gualala

The Four-Eyed Frog - 39138 Ocean Dr. - (707) 884-1333

Half Moon Bay

Bay Book & Tobacco Company - Half Moon Bay CABay Book & Tobacco Co.

80 N Cabrillo Hwy, Ste F
Phone: (650) 726-3488
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
Events: Author Signings

Bay Book Company is an award-winning, locally-owned independent general bookstore with a 35-year history and well over 100 years of cumulative bookselling experience on our staff. We stock more than 35,000 titles in all genres, from history to mystery, science fiction & fantasy to cooking, children's to philosophy & New Age. We are service-oriented, and delight in matching the right book to the right customer at the right time for a truly memorable shopping experience. We also have a climate-controlled walk-in humidor with the best selection of imported cigars in the area.   

Coastside Books - 432 Main St. #B - (650) 726-5889

Hayward

The Book Shop - 1007 B St - (510) 538-3943 - New & Used books

Healdsburg

Copperfield's Books - 106 Matheson St. - (707) 433-9270

Levin & Company - 306 Center St - (707) 433-1118 - New & Used books

Hollywood

Hennessey & Ingalls - Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Ste. 8 - (323) 466-1256 - Specialty: Art/Architecture

Huntington Beach

Mystery Ink - 8907 Warner Ave. #135 - (714) 960-4000 - Specialty: Mystery/First Editions

Irvine

The UCI Bookstore - 210-B Student Center - (949) 824-2665 - General books

A Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe - 15 Hubble, Ste. 110 - (949) 854-8288 - Children's

La Canada Flintridge

Flintridge Bookstore - La Canada FlintridgeFlintridge Bookstore & Coffee House

1010 Foothill Blvd.
Phone: (818) 790-0717
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's
Sidelines: Cafe/Food, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings

Greeting cards, gifts, toys, games. Over 30,000 titles, children's, YA and adult. Author signings, Saturday morning story time and a full-service coffeehouse. Open 7 days per week and 360 days/year. Picked as the finest bookstore by the Crescenta Valley Weekly.  

La Canada Books & Toys - 637 Foothill Blvd. - (818) 790-1250 - Children's

La Jolla

D.G. Wills Books - 7461 Girard Ave. - (858) 456-1800

UCSD Bookstore - 9500 Gilman Dr. - (858) 534-3149 - General books

Warwick's Books - 7812 Girard Ave. - (858) 454-0347

Lafayette

The Storyteller - 3506-E Mt Diablo Blvd - (925) 284-3480 - Children's

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Books - Laguna Beach CALaguna Beach Books

@ Old Pottery Place - 1200 South Coast Hwy., Ste. 105
Phone: (949) 494-4779
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery
Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Writing Workshops, Book Group
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

We are a general interest bookstore located in the Old Pottery Place, in Laguna's historic HIP District. Our goal is to provide you with the most interesting community bookstore with superb selection and knowledgeable staff. We are open seven days a week and offer free parking and free gift wrap with any purchase.

Lakeport

Watershed Books - 305 N. Main St. - (707) 263-5787 - Primarily Used

Lakewood

One Dollar Bookstore - Lakewood Mall, 4949 Graywood Ave. - (562) 633-2665 - Used books

Larkspur

Diesel, A Bookstore - 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle  - (415) 785-8177

Long Beach

Gatsby Books - 5535 E. Spring St. - (562) 208-5862 - New & Used books

Piccolo's Books - The Pike @ Rainbow Harbor, 101 S. Pine Ave. - (562) 432-2665 - Used books

Los Altos

Linden Tree Books - 265 State St. - (650) 949-3390 - Children's

Los Angeles

Alias Books - 1650 Sawtelle Blvd. - (310) 473-4442 - Used books

Chevalier's Books - Los Angeles CAChevalier's Books

126 N Larchmont Blvd
Phone: (323) 465-1334
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Cookbooks
Events: Author Signings
Find us: Facebook // Blog

Chevalier's Books is a locally-owned independent book store that has been serving the Larchmont Village neighborhood of Los Angeles since 1940.

Children's Book World - 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd - (310) 559-2665 - Children's books

Dawson's Book Shop - 535 N. Larchmont Blvd. - (323) 469-2186 - Rare books - Specialty: Western American/California History/Photography

EsoWon Books - 4331 Degnan Blvd. - (323) 290-1048 - Specialty: African American

Larry Edmunds Bookshop - 6644 Hollywood Blvd. - Used books - Specialty: Movies

The Last Bookstore - Los Angeles CAThe Last Bookstore

453 S. Spring St., Ground Floor
(213) 488-0599
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Literary, Regional
Sidelines: Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Musical Events, Theatrical Performances
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

We're one of Southern California's largest bookstores. We carry 1000s of new and used books - along with records, DVDs, and CDs - on our first floor; and over 100,000 $1 books in the Labyrinth, our second floor.

Occidental College Bookstore - 1600 Campus Rd. - (323) 259-2630 - Campus bookstore

Revolution Books / Libros Revolucion - 5726 Hollywood Blvd. - (323) 463-3500

Skylight Books - 1818 N Vermont Ave - (323) 660-1175

Stories - 1716 Sunset Blvd. - (213) 413-3733

Traveler's Bookcase - 8375 W, Third St. - (323) 655-0575 - Specialty: Travel

USC Bookstore - 840 Childs Way - (213) 740-9030 - Campus bookstore

Los Gatos

Village House of Books - 326 Village Lane - (408) 354-6600

Los Osos

Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe - 1016 Los Osos Valley Rd. - (805) 528-5565 - Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age

Malibu

Bank of Books Malibu CABank of Books

29169 Heathercliff Rd. Ste. 409
Phone: (310) 457-5699
Type: New & used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Art, Coffee/Tea
Find us: Facebook

Come visit Southern California's most unique independent bookstore! We carry new, used, and collectable books, as well as a rare-books "Book Museum", featuring First Editions and one-of-a-kind treasures! While you're happily browsing, you can sip coffee from our in-store neighbor "Cafecito Organico"!

Diesel, A Bookstore - 23410 Civic Center Way - (310) 456-9961

Mammoth Lakes

Booky Joint - 437 Old Mammoth Rd., Minaret Village Shopping Ctr. - (760) 934-5023

Manhattan Beach

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Mendocino

Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books - 319 Kasten St. - (707) 937-2665

Menlo Park

Kepler's Books Menlo Park CAKepler's Books and Magazines

1010 El Camino Real - Map
Phone: (650) 324-4321
Type: New books
Find us: Facebook

We have committed ourselves to delivering a broad selection of books to the community, while hosting hundreds of author events. We look forward to seeing you soon and assisting you in finding that perfect read.

Mill Valley

The Depot Bookstore & Café - 87 Throckmorton Ave. - (415) 383-2665

Mission Viejo

The Book Corral - 25571 Jeronimo Rd. #4 - (949) 855-8054 - Used books

Monterey

BookBuyers - 600 Lighthouse Ave. - (831) 375-4208 - Used books

Carpe Diem Fine Books - 245 Pearl St. - (831) 643-2754 - Used books

Old Capitol Books - 559 Tyler St. - (831) 333-0383 - Used books

Montrose

Once Upon a Time Montrose CAOnce Upon a Time

2207 Honolulu Ave.
Phone: (818) 248-9668
Type: New books
Specialty: Children's
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Curiosities, Toys/Games
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

The oldest children’s bookstore in the country (established in 1966), this neighborhood touchstone engages the reading community with the best selected titles, hand-picked greeting cards, exquisite gift items for all ages and a warm and knowledgeable staff. Author events, storytimes, book fairs, library partnerships and many book and writing clubs for all ages.

Morgan Hill

BookSmart - Morgan Hill CABookSmart

80 E. 2nd St.
Phone: (408) 778-6467
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest
Sidelines: Cafe/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings
Find us: Facebook

BookSmart is dedicated to helping people have fun, learn and think by providing a nurturing atmosphere filled with the joy of discovery! We love the touch, feel and smell of books. We understand and are delighted by the need to learn through play. We treat customers as honored guests!

Morro Bay

Coalesce Bookstore - 845 Main St. - (805) 772-2880

Mount Shasta

Village Books - 320 N. Mount Shasta Blvd. - (530) 926-1678 or
(800) 344-0436

Mountain View

BookBuyers - 317 Castro St. - (650) 968-7323 - Used books

Books Inc Mountain View CABooks Inc.

301 Castro - Map
Phone: (650) 428-1234

Books Inc., The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller, is a locally owned and operated independent bookseller with 10 locations in California. Books Inc.’s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books. Occupying a prominent corner in the revitalized downtown of Mountain View, enjoy a great selection of books, magazines, plus wi-fi and a great cup of coffee at the Cafe upstairs.

East West Bookshop - 324 Castro St. - (800) 909-6161 or (650) 988-9800 Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age

Murphys

Sustenance Books - 416 Main St. - (209) 728-2200 - Used & New books

Napa

Copperfield's Books - 3740 Bel Aire Plaza - (707) 252-8002

Oakland

The Book Tree - 6121 La Salle Ave. - (510) 339-0513

Book Zoo - 14 Glen Ave. - (510) 654-2665 - Used books

Diesel, A Bookstore - 5433 College Ave - (510) 653-9965

European Book Company - 6600 Shattuck Ave. - (510) 922-9157 - Specialty: Books in German, French, Spanish

A Great Good Place for Books - 6120 LaSalle Ave - (510) 339-8210

Issues - 20 Glen Ave. - (510) 652-5700 - Specialty: Magazines

Laurel Book Store - Oakland CALaurel Book Store

4100 MacArthur Ave.
Phone: (510) 531-2073
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, GLBT, Mystery
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

Laurel Book Store has a little bit of everything and the ability to get the rest. We have a great selection of children's books, cookbooks, mysteries, LGBT, and many more. E-books are available on our website, and shopping for books online is easy whether you want to pick up at the store or have it shipped to you. We are your neighborhood bookstore in Oakland.

Owl & Company Bookshop - 3941 Piedmont Ave. - (510) 788-5821 - Used books

Pegasus Books - 5560 College Ave. - (510) 652-6259 - Primarily Used

Walden Pond Books - 3316 Grand Ave. - (510) 832-4438

Ojai

Bart's Books - 302 W. Matlija St. - (805) 646-3755 - Used, Rare, Out-of-print books

Orinda

Orinda Books - Orinda CAOrinda Books

276 Village Sq.
Phone: (925) 254-7606
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

Orinda Books—celebrating its 37th year in Village Square in Orinda—is Contra Costa County’s largest independent trade bookstore, where comfortable chairs and ample free parking enhance your shopping experience. An extensive children’s department caters to the younger audiences and a knowledgeable staff ensures speedy fulfillment of special orders. Free gift wrap makes your shopping a pleasure. Author readings and book signings attract an area-wide audience. Open seven days.

Pacific Grove

Bookworks - 667 Lighthouse Ave. - (831) 372-2242

Palo Alto

Bell's Books - Palo Alto CABell's Books

536 Emerson St.
Phone: (650) 323-7822
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: History, Art, Literary, Children's, Antiquarian

In the heart of Silicon Valley, family-owned Bell's Books has been providing an eclectic mix of rare, used, and new books to the Stanford community for almost eighty years. In an historic storefront, the bookshelves rise twenty-two feet high, brimming with fine books on over five hundred topics.

Books Inc Palo Alto CABooks Inc.

855 El Camino Real #74
Phone: (650) 321-0600

Books Inc., The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller, is a locally owned and operated independent bookseller with 10 locations in California. Books Inc.’s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books.

Pasadena

Alexandria II - 170 S. Lake Ave - (626) 792-7885 - Specialty: Metaphysical, New Age

Book Alley - 1252 E. Colorado Blvd. - (626) 683-8083

Century Books of Pasadena - 1039 E. Green St. - (626) 796-1703 - Primarily Used books

Vroman's Bookstore - 695 E. Colorado Blvd. - (626) 449-5320

Vroman's Hasting Ranch - 3729 E. Foothill Blvd. - (626) 351-0828

Petaluma

Copperfield's Books - 140 Kentucky St. - (707) 782-0228 - New & Used books

Placerville

Placerville News Co. - 409 Main St. - (530) 622-4510*

Pleasanton

Towne Center Books - 555 Main St. - (925) 846-8826

Point Reyes Station

Point Reyes Books - 11315 State Route 1 - (415) 663-1542

Pomona

Bronco Bookstore - 3801 W. Temple Ave., Bldg.66 (Cal Poly) - (909) 869-3274 - General books

Quincy

Epilog Books Quincy CAEpilog Books

373 W Main St.
Phone: (530) 283-2665
Type: New & used books
Specialty: General Interest
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Gifts, Art
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Epilog Books is an independent general bookstore located in Quincy, CA in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. We offer new and used books, children’s books and activity kits, cards, postcards, magazines, comics, candles, incense, and Camille Beckman bath and body items. We have many wonderful gift items including items by local artists, crafters and musicians. We also offer premade and custom framing.

Ramona

Unicorn Books Ramona CAUnicorn Books & Gifts

738 Main St.
Phone: (760)788-3700​
Type: New & used books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Curiosities, Art
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

We offer New and Used Books, new releases, children's favorites, classics and vintage. We also have beautiful gifts, jewelry, candles and local items as well as a large metaphysical section. Open 7 days: M-F 10-6 S/S 10-5

Riverside

Cellar Door Books - 5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Ste. 30A/B - (951) 787-7807

Renaissance Book Shop - Riverside CARenaissance Book Shop

3772 Elizabeth St.
Phone: (951) 369-8843
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
Specialty: Alternative/Political, Educational, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Events: Author Signings, Libertarian meetings
Find us: Facebook

We specialize in books on history, philosophy, science and economics. We offer a big selection of science fiction and fantasy books and DVDs. Our international selection includes books in German and French, and books about Europe, Asia & the Middle East in English. In our shop we sell Jazz Music CDs, DVDs, art postcards and more

Roseville

Beatnik Books - 309 Lincoln St. - (530) 902-7917 - Used books

Sacramento

Avid Reader - 1600 Broadway - (916) 441-4400

Beers Books - 915 S St. - (916) 442-9475 - Used books

The Bookstore @ Rudolf Steiner College - 9200 Fair Oaks Blvd. - (916) 961-8729 - Specialty: Metaphysical/Waldorf Education/Biodynamic Agriculture/Parenting/Gifts/Toys

San Diego

Bluestocking Books - 3817 Fifth Ave. - (619) 296-1424 - Primarily Used

Mysterious Galaxy - 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #302 - (858) 268-4747 -
Specialty: Mystery/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror

The Yellow Book Road - 2750 Historic Decator Rd. - (619) 955-5188 - Children's

San Francisco

Aardvark Books - 227 Church St. - (415) 552-6733 - Used books

Alexander Book Company - 50 2nd St. - (415) 495-2992

Alley Cat Books - 3036 24th St. - (415) 824-1761

ARKIPELAGO - 1010 Mission St. @Bayanihan Community Ctr. - (415) 553-8185 -
Specialty: Filipino

Badger Books - 401 Cortland Ave. @ Bennington - (415) 648-5331 - New & Used books

Bird & Beckett Books and Records - San Francisco CABird & Beckett Books and Records

653 Chenery St.
Phone: (415) 586-3733
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Literary, Regional
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Live Music, Open Mics
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Named for revolutionary saxophonist Charlie Parker and writer Samuel Beckett, Bird & Beckett Bookshop and its non-profit Cultural Legacy Project celebrate the progressive and transgressive note, both in the air and on the page, publishing its own annual literary magazine, AMERARCANA: A Bird & Beckett Review, as well as presenting two weekly concert series, a monthly poetry series with open mic and numerous other one-off events, and of course offering for sale new and used books and jazz lps.

Bolerium Books - 2141 Mission St., Ste 300 - (800) 326-6353 or (415) 863-6353 - Used, Rare books - Specialty: Alternative

Book Passage Bookstore - 1 Ferry Bldg, #42 - (415) 835-1020

Books & Bookshelves - 99 Sanchez St. - (415) 621-3761 - Specialty: Poetry books/furniture for writers/readers

Books Inc. San Francisco CABooks Inc.

Books Inc. in Laurel Village 3515 California St (415) 221-3666 - Map

Books Inc. in the Castro - 2275 Market St - (415) 864-6777 - Map

Books Inc. in the Marina - 2251 Chestnut St - (415) 931-3633 - Map

Books Inc. in Opera Plaza - 601 Van Ness Ave. - (415) 776-1111

Books Inc., The West's Oldest Independent Bookseller, is a locally owned and operated independent bookseller with 10 locations in California. Books Inc.’s origin dates back to the Gold Rush Days of 1851 when Anton Roman struck it rich in Shasta City, California and set himself up in business selling books.

BookShop West Portal - 80 W Portal Ave. - (415) 564-8080

The Booksmith - 1644 Haight St - (415) 863-8688 or (800) 493-7323

 

Borderland Books San Francisco CABorderlands Books

866 Valencia St.
Phone: (415) 824-8203 or (888) 893-4008
Type: Used & new books
Specialty: Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Coffee/Tea
Find us: Twitter

Borderlands is San Francisco's home for science fiction, fantasy, horror & mystery books. The store is open 7 days a week, from noon until 8 pm, with extended hours during the holiday season. Borderlands carries both new and used titles within our specialties, as well as eclectic periodicals, British imports, small press titles, and many other items of interest to the fan or collector of genre literature. We will happily do special orders. Our personable and perspicacious staff will cheerfully assist you in finding that perfect book, from the cheapest paperback to the rarest first edition, whether you know what you're looking for or not.

Bound Together Books - 1369 Haight St. - (415) 431-8355 - Specialty: Anarchism

Browser Books - 2195 Filmore St. - (415) 242-6194

Christopher's Books - 1400 18th St. - (415) 255-8802

City Lights Book - San Francisco CACity Lights Bookstore

261 Columbus Ave. - Map
Phone: (415) 362-8193
Type: New books
Sidelines: Magazines/Newspapers
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, GLBT, Literary
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter // Blog

A literary meeting place since 1953, City Lights is a landmark general bookstore, internationally known for its expert selection of books and for its commitment to free intellectual inquiry.

Dog Eared Books - 900 Valencia St. - (415) 282-1901 - Used books

Folio Books - 3957 24th St. - (415) 821-3477

Forest Books - 1748 Buchanan St - (415) 563-8302 - Used books

Green Apple Books - San Francisco CAGreen Apple Books

506 Clement St.
Phone: (415) 387-2272
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter // Blog

Green Apple Books has been selling new and used books in all subject areas since 1967. We're a carefully curated generalist store with emphases in children's, cooking, literature, and art/photography. We also carry new and used CDs, LPs, and DVDs, plus magazines, gifts, journals, cards, and more. Friendly staff, great community.

Green Arcade San Francisco CAThe Green Arcade

1680 Market St. @ Gough
Phone: (415) 431-6800
Type: New & used books
Specialty: Alternative/Political, Regional
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts
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Since 2008. Specializing in books on the environment, politics, sustainability, food and farming, select art and literature, urban planning, nature, and select children's books.

Marcus Books - 1712 Fillmore St. - (415) 346-4222 - Specialty: African American

Modern Times Bookstore - 2919 24th St. - (415) 282-9246 - Specialty: Alternative

William Stout Architectural Books - 804 Montgomery St. - (415) 391-6757 -
Specialty: Architecture/Design/Landscaping

San Jose

Hicklebees - 1378 Lincoln Ave. - (408) 292-8880 - Children's books

San Marino

San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe - 2424 Huntington Dr. - (626) 309-0222 - Children's books

San Rafael

Cooperfield Books - 850 4th St. - (415) 524-2800

Open Secret Bookstore - 923 C St. - (415) 457-4191 - Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age

San Ramon

Bay Books - 2415 San Ramon Valley Blvd. - (925) 855-1524 - New & Used books

Sonoma

Readers' Books - 130 E. Napa St. - (707) 939-1779

Santa Barbara

The Book Den - 15 E. Anapamu St. - (805) 962-2231 - Used books

Chaucer's Books - Santa Barbara CAChaucer's Books

3321 State St.
Phone: (805) 682-6787
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery
Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

A general bookstore with over 100,000 titles - something for everyone. An extensive children's section, audiobooks, gifts, greeting cards, and assorted wonders. If you love books and bookstores, you will love Chaucer's - a browser's paradise.

Granada Books - 1224 State St. - (805) 845-1818

Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz - 1520 Pacific Ave - (831) 423-0900

Logos Books & Records Santa Cruz CALogos Books & Records

1117 Pacific Ave.
Phone: (831) 427-5100
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Since 1969 Logos has been the premier buyer and seller of used, collectible and rare books and music on the Central Coast of California. We have grown from a small, one-room store to a two-floor, 11,000 square foot building housing over a quarter million used books, records, CDs and DVDs. Our experienced staff culls through thousands of books and music items looking for the best, the unusual, the rare, the quirky, the outstanding, the necessary. In addition, we specialize in selling the greatest sale-priced and remaindered books and bargain music we can find. How special are we? Other booksellers and music retailers throughout the world come to us to take advantage of the same deals we offer you.

Santa Maria

One Dollar Bookstore - Santa Maria Town Ctr., 142 Town Ctr. E. - (805) 352-0044 - Used books

Santa Monica

Barry R. Levin Science Fiction & Fantasy - 720 Santa Monica Blvd. - (310) 458-6111 - Rare books - Specialty: Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy

Books and Cookies - 2230 Main St. - (310) 362-3103 - Specialty: Children's

Diesel: A Book Store - 225 26th St, Ste 33 - (310) 576-9960

Hennessey & Ingalls - 214 Wilshire Blvd. - (310) 458-9074 - Specialty: Art/Architecture

Santa Rosa

Copperfield's Books - 775 Village Court - (707) 578-8938

Treehorn Books Santa Rosa CATreehorn Books

625 4th St.
Phone: (707) 525-1782
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards

Treehorn is a general used bookstore that also sells select new books, plus antiquarian & collector's titles. In business for more than 30 years we specialize in out-of-print & unusual books in a multitude of subjects.

Sebastopol

Copperfield's Books - 138 N. Main St. - (707) 823-2618

Solvang

Book Loft - 1680 Mission Dr. - (805) 688-6010

Valley Books - 1582 Mission Dr. - (805) 688-7160 - Used books

Sonoma

Readers' Books - 130 E. Napa St - (707) 939-1779*

Sonora

The Mountain Bookshop - 13769-I Mono Way - (209) 532-6117

South Pasadena

Book'em Mysteries - 1118 Mission St - (626) 799-9600 - Specialty: Mystery

Studio City

Portrait of a Bookstore - 4360 Tujunga Ave - (818) 769-3853

Susanville

Margie's Book Nook - 722 Main St. - (530) 257-2392

Sylmar

Tia Chucha - 13197-A Gladstone Ave. - Chicano literature

Ukiah

Mendocino Book Co. - 102 S. School St. - (707) 468-5940

Venice

Small World Books - 1407 Ocean Front Walk - (310) 399-2360

Ventura

Bank of Books - 748 E. Main St. - (805) 643-3154 - Used, Rare, Out-of-Print books

Watsonville

Crossroads Books - 1935 Main St. - (831) 728-4139

West Hollywood

Book Soup - 8818 Sunset Blvd - (310) 659-3110

Mystery Pier Books, Inc. - 8826 Sunset Blvd. - (310) 657-5557 - Used books -
Specialty: First Editions/Collectibles

 

 

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