Bookstores in Massachusetts

A guide to the best independent
Massachusetts bookstores

Acton

Willow Books & Café - 279 Great Rd. - (978) 266-0066

Amesbury

Friend Street Bookstore - 15 Friend St. - (978) 388-1200 - Used

Amherst

Amherst Bookstore - 8 Main St. - (413) 256-1547

Food for Thought Books - 108 N. Pleasant St. - (413) 253-5432 - Specialty: Alternative

Andover

Andover Bookstore - 89R Main St. - (978) 475-0143

Circles of Wisdom - 90 Main St.  (978) 474-8010 - Specialty: Metaphysical/New Age

Athol

Bruce's Browser & Cyber Cafe - Athol MABruce's Browser & Cyber Cafe

1497 Main St.
Phone: (978) 249-3978
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, GLBT, Regional
Sidelines: Cafe/Food, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Book Discussion Group
Find us: Facebook

Bruce's Browser is a bookstore and cyber cafe' with a retro soda fountain featuring such favorites as hot fudge sundaes, frappes, ice cream sodas, coffee, and lime rickeys. The book selection is large and diverse, with something for everyone. There is a terrific selection of magazines, an eclectic mix of CDs, educational games and toys for children, and a nice assortment of cards and gift wrap. The gift department features an interesting assortment of decorative items. "the back corner" is home to a variety of events including author signings, poetry readings, panel discussions, and presentations on the large-screen television.

Beverly Farms

The Book Shop of Beverly Farms - 40 West St. - (978) 927-2122

Boston

Brattle Book Shop - 9 West St. - (617) 542-0210 - Used books - Specialty: Antiquarian

Calamus Bookstore - 92B South St. - (617) 338-1931 - Specialty: GLBT

Commonwealth Books - 9 Spring Ln. - (617) 338-6328 - Used books

Commonwealth Books - 2 Milk St. - (617) 292-0065 - Used books

Lucy Parsons Center Bookstore - 5358A Centre St. - (617) 522-6098 - Specialty: Politics/Progressive

Trident Booksellers and Cafe - Boston MATrident Booksellers & Café

338 Newbury St.
Phone: (617) 267-8688
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary
Sidelines: Cafe/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Movie Nights
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Trident Booksellers & Cafe was opened in the fall of 1984 by Bernie and Gail Flynn. The initially small cafe has grown into a restaurant with a full menu, specializing in breakfast/brunch foods. Now twenty 25 later, “the Trident”, is still alive and continually evolving, with a new second floor, we have more books, more tables, and a second bar with beer and wine on tap. With Boston’s Best Free WiFi, an award-winning magazine selection, and new and discount books, "the Trident" is the perfect place to host a book group, spend an afternoon, an evening, or a day…

Brewster

Brewster Book Store - 2648 Main St. - (508) 896-6543

Brookline

Brookline Booksmith - 279 Harvard St. - (617) 566-6660

The Children's Book Shop - 237 Washington St. - (617) 734-7323 - Children's books

Cambridge

Grolier Poetry Book Shop - 6 Plympton St., Harvard Square - (617) 547-4648 - Specialty: Poetry

Harvard Book Store - 1256 Massachusetts Ave. - (617) 661-1515

Lorem Ipsum Books - 1299 Cambridge St. - (617) 497-7669 - Used books

Porter Square Books - 25 White St. - (617) 491-2220

Chatham

Where the Sidewalk Ends - 432 Main St. - (508) 945-0499

Yellow Umbrella Books - 501 Main St. - (508) 945-0144 - New & Used books

Cohasset

Buttonwood Books & Toys - 747 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy. (Rte. 3A) - (781) 383-2665

Concord

Barefoot Books - 89 Thoreau St. - (978) 369-1770 - Children's

Concord Bookshop - 65 Main St. - (978) 369-2405

Dartmouth

Baker Books - 2 McCabe St. - (508) 997-6700

Dedham

Blue Bunny Books & Toys - 577 High St. - (781) 493-6568

Duxbury

Westwinds Bookshop - 35 Depot St. - (781) 934-2128

East Sandwich

Titcomb's BookshopTitcomb's Bookshop

432 Route 6A
Phone: (508) 888-2331
Used & New - Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Toys/Games
Find us: Facebook | Twitter

Titcomb's Bookshop is a browser's delight offering three floors filled to the brim with used and rare books; new books and bestsellers for all ages; creative toys and puzzles; beautiful cards and gifts. This family owned bookstore was founded in 1969. The store has hosted numerous authors, including Richard Russo, Wally Lamb, Mary Oliver, Jodi Picoult, Henry Winkler and many more. It was selected by the International Bookselling Federation as one of 50 of the World's Unique Bookstores.

Falmouth

Eight Cousins Books - Falmouth MAEight Cousins Books

189 Main St.
Phone: (508) 548-5548
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Story Time, Book Club
Find us: Facebook // Twitter // Blog

Eight Cousins presents a distinctive collection of quality books, chosen to offer culture, fun, beauty, insight and knowledge on many topics from the world over. Carefully selected programs, music, toys, and books for adults extend the children's books that are the historic core of our collection.  We strive to create an atmosphere of friendly, honest, knowledgeable service for our customers in a clean, attractive, convenient place of business. We firmly believe that children, reading and imagination are fundamental elements of a healthy community. There are now nearly 20,000 titles in our stock list, of which around 12,000 are in the store on any given day. We are glad to special order any book in print.

Florence

World Eye Bookshop - 1 N. Main St. - (413) 586-1971

Great Barrington

The Bookloft - 332 Stockbridge Rd. - (413) 528-1521

Greenfield

World Eye Bookshop - 156 Main St. - (413) 772-2186

Groton

Second Hand Prose Books

30-A Hollis St.
Phone: (978) 263-3158

Hanover

Storybook Cove - Merchants Row Upper Level, 2053 Washington St. - (781) 871-7801 - Children's books

Lenox

The Bookstore - 11 Housatonic St. - (413) 637-3390

Marblehead

Spirit of '76 Bookstore - 107 Pleasant St. - (781) 631-7199

Marion

The Bookstall Marion MAThe Bookstall

151 Front St.
Phone: (508)-748-1041
Primarily new books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Toys/Games
Find Us: Facebook

A small, warm bookstore with friendly, helpful staff in the beautiful seaside town of Marion, Ma. specializing in super customer service, special orders, unique cards and stationery, gifts, jewelry and so much more. 

Marshfield

Ocean Village Bookstore - 1831 Ocean St. - (781) 834-5696 - Used books

Medford

Bestsellers Cafe - 24 High St. - (781) 391-7171

Montague

Montague Book Mill - 440 Greenfield Rd. - (413) 367-9206 - Used books

Nantucket

Mitchell's Book Corner - 54 Main St. - (508) 228-1080

Nantucket Bookworks - 25 Broad St. - (508) 228-4000

New Bedford

Subtext Book Shop - 209 Union St. - (774) 202-0649

Newburyport

The Book Rack Bookstore - 52 State St. - (978) 462-8615

Jabberwocky Bookshop & Café - 50 Water St. - (978) 465-9359

Newton

Newtonville Books - 10 Langley Rd., Newton Centre - (617) 244-6619

Northampton

Booklink Bookstore - 150 Main St, Thornes Marketplace - (413) 585-9955

Broadside Bookshop - 247 Main St. - (413) 586-4235

Orleans

Booksmith / Musicsmith - 9 West Rd. - (508) 255-4590

Main Street Books - 46 Main St. - (508) 255-3343

Rockport

Toad Hall Bookstore - 47 Main St. - (978) 546-7323

Scituate

Front Street Book Shop - 122 Front St. - (781) 545-5011

Sharon

Annie's Book Stop - Sharon MAAnnie's Book Stop

Sharon Heights Plaza, 362 S. Main St.
Phone: (781) 784-4306
Type: Primarily used with new books
Specialty:General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Romance
Sidelines:Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings
Find us: Facebook

Our used books are approximately half the cover price, with a minimum of $2. We take paperback books for credit ($4.95 or more in cover price); use the credit for half your total purchase of used books! New books 20% off. We even buy textbooks. Children's/young adult books, too; a special section of y/a fantasy and teenlit. We specialize in romance, mystery, and sf/fantasy. Kalmbach trains and train-modeler's magazines, too. Greeting cards, postcards, bookmarks, booklights, bookholders, and curiosities. Collectible/unusual books and a nice selection of art books, as well. We special order new/used books. Public fax, copier service.

Shelburne Falls

Boswel's BooksBoswell's Books

10 Bridge St.
Phone: (413) 625-9362
Type:  New & Used books
Specialty: General Interest
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Gifts, Curiosities, Art, Toys/Games
Find us: Facebook

Located in the picturesque village of Shelburne Falls, Boswell's Books offers the best of nationally-known and local new and used books for children and adults, area guidebooks, select work of local artists & artisans, cards, gifts, games, puzzles and novelties. Come meet Boswell the Cat, browse, and enjoy a good book, a comfy chair, and a warm and welcoming ambience.

 

South Easton

Paperback Junction - 669 Washington St. - (508) 238-3034 - Used & New books

South Hadley

Odyssey Bookshop - 9 College St. - (413) 534-7307 - New & Used books

Stoneham

The Book Oasis

311 Main St.
Phone: (781) 438-0077
Type: Primarily Used books with new books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook // Twitter // Blog

We are an independently-owned general interest bookstore celebrating 10+ years of offering great reads to our community. We have over 30,000 titles in all genres, hand-made gifts, and so much more.

Vineyard Haven

Bunch of Grapes - 35 Main St. - (508) 693-2291

Waltham

Back Pages Books - 289 Moody St. - (781) 209-0631 - New & Used books

Webster

Booklover's Gourmet - Webster MABooklover's Gourmet

55 E. Main St.
Phone: (508) 949-6232
Type: Primarly new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Workshops
Find us: Facebook // Twitter

Your friendly neighborhood bookstore, gift shop & coffeehouse! We carry thousands of new and gently used books of all kinds including best sellers, current fiction, memoirs, cookbooks, health, spirituality, self-help, graphic novels, comic books, young adult & more. Special orders are welcome. Relax and browse with a nice cup of hot or iced gourmet coffee, cappuccino, chai and a homemade pastry. Gift items include unique cards, journals, bookmarks, handmade jewelry & pottery, local honey & chocolates. New items arriving daily! Monthly displays of local artwork, author events and book discussion & writers groups meet here.

Wellesley

Wellesley Books - 82 Central St. - (781) 431-1160

West Brookfield

The Book Bear - 80 W. Main St. - (508) 867-8705 - Used, Rare, Out-of-Print books

Westborough

Tatnuck Bookseller - 18 Lyman St. - (508) 366-4959

Westport

Partners Village Store - 865 Main Rd. - (508) 636-2572

Winchester

Book Ends - 559 Main St. - (781) 721-5933

 

 

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