Bookstores in Indiana
A guide to the best independent
Phone: (812) 339-8710
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: Alternative/Political, Art, Feminist, GLBT, Literary
Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Reading Groups, Performances
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Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. is a volunteer powered, non-profit organization that exists to provide new and used books, zines, magazines, and comics on topics of social justice, independent media, and fiction for the community; send literature of all types free of charge to prisoners in the midwest; and to provide a meeting space for community and literary groups.
548 Washington St.
Phone: (812) 376-0778
Type: New & used books
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Toys/Games, Coffee/Tea
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Founded in 1973, Viewpoint Books is one of the oldest general bookstores in the state of Indiana. Viewpoint is located in downtown Columbus, Indiana world renowned for its modern architecture.
Big Hat Books - 6510 Cornell Ave. - (317) 202-0203
We’re an independent bookstore (making us part of an endangered species), and we’re the only bookstore operating in the downtown Indianapolis area. We sell mostly used and some new books for adults and children. We think all of these things make us special, but what really makes us extraordinary is our reason for being. Our bookstore is a source of revenue for the not-for-profit organization Indy Reads whose mission is to improve the literacy skills of adults in central Indiana who currently read at or below the sixth grade level. The profits from Indy Reads Books go directly toward improving literacy in our community through Indy Reads.
5619 N. Illinois St.
Phone: (317) 255-2598
Type: New books
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Story Time
Founded in 1986 Kids Ink provides quality books and toys for children from birth through the teen years. In addition, select books about parenting and education are available. Books are categorized to provide easy access to books dealing with special needs such as divorce, new babies, and sexuality
Summer's Stories - 201 S. Main St. - (260) 349-1745 - New & Used books
Bubba's Book Swap - 331 E. Sullivan St. - (423) 245-2847 - Primarily Used books
Village Lights Bookstore - 110 E. Main St - (812) 265-1800 - Used books
Readers World - Marquette Mall, 4027 Franklin St. - (219) 872-1882
Better World Books Outlet Store - 55740 Currant Rd. - (574) 968-9701 - Used books
Destinations Booksellers - 604 E. Spring St. - (812) 944-5116
The Wild - 884 Logan St. - (317) 773-0920
The Scholar Shop - 200 Hill Dr. - (812) 357-6571 - Specialty: Religion
7 Public Square
Phone: (317) 392-2270
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest
Sidelines: Cafe/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
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Three Sisters Books & Gifts is a general bookstore located in the heart of downtown Shelbyville. We also have a cafe and many unique gift items.
315 W. State St.
Phone: (765) 743-1915
Type: Used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Pretty good book store. Established in 1968 Von's has grown into the area's oldest and most respected book shop. We also feature a wide selection of affordable jewelry, greeting cards, comic books and graphic novels, music, and unique gifts from around the world.