Bookstores in North Carolina

A guide to the best independent
North Carolina bookstores

Asheville

Battery Park Book Exchange - Grove Arcade, Ste. 101, 1 Page Ave. - (828) 252-0020 - Used books

Downtown Book & News - 67 N. Lexington Ave. - (828) 253-8654 - Used books, Magazines, Newspapers

Firestorm Cafe & Books - 48 Commerce St. - (828)255-8115

Malaprop's Bookstore-Cafe - 55 Haywood St. - (828) 254-6734 or (800) 441-9829

Mr. K's Used Books & Music - 800 Fairview Rd., River Ridge Shopping Ctr. - (828) 299-1145 - Used books

Montford Books & More - 31 Montford Ave. - (828) 285-8805 - Used books

Spellbound Children's Books - Ashville NCSpellbound Children's Books

inside ZaPOW! at 21 Battery Park Ave.
Phone: (828) 319-1907
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: Children's
Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Find us: Facebook // Twitter // Blog

Our mission is to help raise lifelong readers who are curious, imaginative, and independent thinkers by sharing the magic found when you open a book. In addition to children’s books and related items, Spellbound also offers a different kind of shopping experience for families in Western North Carolina. At our store, the “children’s section” is the entire store, and we are always available to help connect kids with books they will love. We have a carefully selected inventory reflecting the best books of yesterday and today, books that kids will want to read again and again…books with staying power…books that hold you spellbound!

Boone

Black Bear Books - Boone Mall, 1180 Blowing Rock Rd. Ste. C-5 - (828) 264-4636. Probably closing late June 2014.

The Scholar Shop - APSU Bookstore, 219 College St. - (828) 262-3070 - General books

Buxton

Buxton Village Books - 47918 Hwy 12 - (252) 995-4240

Cashiers

Chapter 2

337 Hwy. 64 East
Phone: (828) 743-5015
Type: Primarily new books with used books
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Chapter 2 is an independent general bookstore offering general new and used books in a broad range of genres. We also carry greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles and reading and writing accessories.

Chapel Hill

Bull's Head Bookshop - UNC Student Stores, Daniels Bldg., 207 South Rd. - (919) 962-5060 - General books

Flyleaf Books - 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd - (919) 942-7373

Internationalist Books - 405 W. Franklin St. - (919) 942-1740 - Alternative

Charlotte

Park Road Books - Park Road Shopping Ctr., 4139 Park Rd. - (704) 525-9239

Corolla

Island Bookstore at Historic Village - 1130 Corolla Village Rd. - (252) 453-2292

Davidson

Main Street Books - 126 S. Main St. - (704) 892-6841

Duck

Duck's Cottage - 1240 Duck Rd. - (252) 261-5510

Island Bookstore at Scarborough Faire - 1177 Duck Rd. - (252) 261-8981

Durham

Gothic Bookshop - Duke University - (919) 684-3986 - General books

Letters Bookshop - 313 W. Main St. - (919) 973-2573 - Used, New and Children's

Regulator Bookshop - 720 Ninth St. - (919) 286-2700 - Specialty: Alternative

Edenton

The Garden of Readin' - 103 E. King St. - (252) 482-7323 - Primarily Used books

Elizabeth City

Page After Page Bookstore - Elizabeth City NCPage After Page

111 S. Water St.
Phone: (252) 335-7243
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Educational, Feminist, GLBT, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook

We are an indie bookstore located on the historic waterfront of Elizabeth City NC. We are a full service store, we host authors, poets, music & children's events.

Greensboro

John Neal, Bookseller - 1833 Spring Garden St. - (800) 369-9598 - Specialty: Book Binding/Book Arts/Calligraphy

Scuppernong Books - 304 S. Elm St. - (336) 763-1919

Hayesville

Phillips & Lloyd Book Shop - 66 Church St. - (828) 389-1492

Hendersonville

The Fountainhead Bookstore - 408 N. Main St. - (828) 697-1870

Highlands

Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers - 204 N. Fifth St. - (828) 526-3777 - Used books*

Kitty Hawk

Island Bookstore - 3712 N. Croatan Hwy. - (252) 255-5590

Lexington

Pandora's Books - 23 W. 2nd Ave. - (336) 248-2551

Louisburg

The Coffee Hound Bookshop - Louisburg, NCThe Coffee Hound Bookshop

103 W. Nash St.
Phone: (919) 496-6030
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Sidelines: Artwork, Coffee/Tea
Specialty: General Interest, Art, Literary
Events: Author Signings, Readings

Small cozy shop with full coffee service, excellent selection of books and wireless internet. Local art and pottery for sale. Plenty of space to sit down, meet a friend or make a new one. We'll special-order any book you are looking for. Reasonable prices. 

Manteo

Duck's Cottage - 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St. - (252) 473-1056

Morehead City

Dee Gee's Gifts & Books - 508 Evans St. - (252) 726-3314

Ocracoke Island

Books To Be Read - 34 School Rd. - (252) 928-3936

Pittsboro

McIntyres Fine Books - 2000 Fearington Village Ctr. - (919) 542-3030

Raleigh

Catalyst Bookshop - North Carolina State University - (919) 515-3588 - General books

Quail Ridge Books & Music - 3522 Wade Ave. - (919) 828-1588

Raleigh Review Bookshop - Raleigh NCRaleigh Review Bookshop

3039 Medlin Dr.
Phone: (919) 744-9162
Type: Primarily used books with new books
Specialty: Literary, Poetry
Sidelines: Artwork, Magazines/Newspapers
Events: Author Signings, Readings, Writers' Studio

Raleigh Review Bookshop is located in Old Raleigh in the Sunset Hill Neighborhood. Our specialty is poetry and literary magazines. The space also houses Raleigh Review Literary & Arts Magazine. As well as Raleigh Review Writers' Studio. The 2013 readings and workshops included the poets and teachers Dorianne Laux, Joseph Millar, Marie Howe, Joseph Bathanti among others.

Rutherfordton

Great Expectations Books - 198 N. Main St. - (828) 286-9616

Salisbury

Literary Bookpost - 110 S. Main St. - (704) 630-9788

Shelby

Fireside Books and Gifts - Forest City NCFireside Books & Gifts

212 S Lafayette
Phone: (704) 487-8477
Type: New books
Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Events: Author Signings, Readings
Find us: Facebook, Twitter, Blog

A variety of book clubs, a fierce commitment to promoting local authors and a love of finding the perfect something for the vaguely needy reader are just a few of the things that make Fireside Books of Forest City, NC everything an indie bookstore should be...We’re the only independent bookstore with about 45 minutes in any direction!

Southern Pines

The Country Bookshop - 140 NW Broad St. - (910) 692-3211

Southport

Books 'n Stuff - (4961 Long Beach Rd. SE #11 - (910) 457-9017 - Used books

Sylva

City Lights Bookstore - Sylva NCCity Lights Bookstore

3 E Jackson St.
Phone: (888) 853-6298 or (828) 586-9499
Type: New & used books
Specialty: General Interest, Regional
Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Gifts, Curiosities, Art, Toys/Games, Coffee/Tea
Find Us: Facebook | Twitter

Selling new & used books, gifts, journals, maps & more in Sylva, North Carolina since 1984. Our neighbors at City Lights Cafe sell coffee and tea in addition to crepes and other tasty treats. We're open 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Saturday, and 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. Sunday.

Topsail Beach

Quarter Moon Books & Gifts - 708 S. Anderson Blvd. - (800) 697-9134 or (910) 328-4969

Tryon

The Book Shelf - 94 N. Trade St. - (828) 859-9304

Waynesville

Blue Ridge Books & News - 152 S. Main St. - (828) 456-6000

Wilmington

Pomegranate Books - 4418 Park Ave. - (910) 452-1107

Two Sisters Bookery - 318 Nutt St., The Cotton Exchange - (910) 762-4444 - Specialty: Regional

 

 

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