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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Maryland

The best list of independent Maryland bookstores


  • City Title Ashton
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  • Address 1 17800 New Hampshire Ave.
  • Phone (301) 774-4242
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
One finds the Cricket Book Shop housed in a charming building tucked away in the quiet village of Ashton since 1969. To those who have religiously returned over the years, it signifies going back to the days when shopping was an enjoyable and civilized experience. At the Cricket you will find knowledgeable and helpful sales staff anxious to offer assistance if needed. Or you may find, as have many customers, that just browsing undisturbed for an hour or two can offer as much enjoyment. So perhaps a short drive to the Cricket will restore your spirits, and you too will count yourself as a member of the ever growing family of satisfied customers. We hope to see you soon.
  • City Title Baltimore
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  • Address 1 3616-3620 Falls Rd.
  • Phone (410) 662-4444
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Located in Baltimore for over 20 years, Atomic Books has been the center of alternative and pop culture, specializing in small press, DIY publications, literary and underground comics and books, graphic arts and ephemera.
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  • Address 1 425 E. 31st St.
  • Phone (410) 243-6888
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Readings
Normal's is an organic farm of cultural livestock. We serve a diverse community books, records and CDs, so you might find a copy of Jim Thompson's Savage Night as well as a CD by The Jelly Roll Kings. We are located in the proximity of 3 universities and have a broad scholarly stock of books, including a huge philosophy section and a very fine Greek and Roman literature section. But within this solid base spanning the history of thought you will find pockets of sweet subversion and alternate universes.
  • Address 1 805 Light St.
  • Phone (410) 504-1902
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
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  • Address 1 6080 Falls Rd.
  • Phone (410) 377-2966
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
The Ivy Bookshop is Baltimore's independent literary bookstore, carrying a broad range of titles with an emphasis on literary fiction (including the best in mystery and speculative fiction), current affairs, history, biography, art, poetry and children’s books. Our booksellers are knowledgeable and friendly, ready to recommend based on your personal preferences. We are locally owned and have a deep interest in promoting the community and its organizations.
  • City Title Chestertown
  • Address 1 112 S. Cross St.
  • Phone (410) 778-4167
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
BOOKPLATE is a traditional general stock used bookstore offering a wide range of books in a broad array of categories. We emphasize the local history of the Chesapeake Bay region with a strong focus of books relating to the history and literature of Maryland's Eastern Shore as well as its colonial and revolutionary heritage.
  • City Title Clarksburg
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  • Address 1 1896 Urbana Pike
  • Phone (301) 810-5173
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
Books by Inklings is a small local bookstore specializing in hard-to-find backstock, the early works of now-popular authors, and other scarcities. We have an extensive fiction selection (divided by genre, of course) and a wide variety of nonfiction. In addition, we also stock a limited number of new books, usually from only those authors that people read to death: Terry Pratchett, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, JRR Tolkien et cetera.
  • Address 1 23330 Frederick Rd.
  • Phone (301) 972-3060
  • City Title Cumberland
  • Address 1 15 N. Centre St.
  • Phone (301) 722-2284
  • City Title Edgemere
  • Address 1 7216 N. Point Rd.
  • Phone (410) 477-2665
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • City Title Edgewater
  • Address 1 951 Central Ave.
  • Phone (410) 988-2103
  • City Title Frederick
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  • Address 1 12 N. Market St.
  • Phone (301) 695-2500
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
Curious Iguana is an independent bookstore and benefit corporation located in the heart of Downtown Frederick, approximately one hour from the Washington DC and Baltimore metropolitan regions. A portion of sales supports global non-profits, and our customers appreciate that their support helps to make a world of difference. The Iguana's mission of 'get to know your world' is evident in our thoughtfully curated collection of books that encourages discovery and understanding.
  • City Title Frostburg
  • Address 1 2 E. Main St.
  • Phone (301) 689-5605
  • City Title Hunt Valley
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  • Address 1 118-AA Shawan Rd.
  • Phone (410) 771-3022
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Café/Food, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings
Located in the beautiful Hunt Valley Towne Centre, Greetings & Readings of Hunt Valley is Baltimore's premier independent gift store with bestselling books, local authors, greeting cards and countless gift ideas from Vera Bradley and Brighton to Baltimore Ravens gear, Baltimore Orioles apparel, Godiva, Swarovski, Melissa & Doug and so much more. Greetings & Readings provides a café with Wi-Fi service, great coffee and desserts.
  • City Title Hyattsville
  • Address 1 5331 Baltimore Ave.
  • Phone (301) 779-2787
  • City Title Rockville
  • Address 1 12160 Parklawn Dr.
  • Phone (301) 770-0477
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Sykesville
  • Address 1 7566 Main St.
  • Phone (410) 795-1718
  • City Title Towson
  • Address 1 730 Dulaney Valley Rd.
  • Phone (410) 832-2665
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • City Title West Ocean City
  • Address 1 11809 Ocean Gateway
  • Phone (410) 213-9500
  • Specialty Children's
  • City Title White Plains
  • Address 1 4469 Crain Hwy.
  • Phone (301) 836-6236
  • Type Used books

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