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Indie Bookstores in Alabama

The best list of independent Alabama bookstores

We are a locally owned new and used bookstore located in Historical Downtown Albertville. We have a large selection of new and used books, for all ages in all genres. We take trade-ins of gently used books and cheerfully accept special orders.

Comfortable bookstore and coffee shop that offers pastries, desserts, beer, and wine!

Alabama Booksmith

An independent bookstore, where every book is signed!

We’re an aspiring radical feminist bookstore and community space in Birmingham that aims to support grassroots movements in our region, while creating an environment that models and encourages cooperation, collaboration, and authentic relationship building.

Church Street Coffee & Books

We’re a coffee shop and bookstore in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Jim Reed Books
  • Jim Reed Books
  • 2021 3rd Ave. N.
  • City: Birmingham
  • Phone: (205) 326-4460
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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An amazing mixture of books used, rare and new, including 500-year-old titles as well as hard-to-find volumes both current and old. Reed Books/The Museum of Fond Memories is a time machine that you’ll want to visit time and again.

Thank You Books
  • Thank You Books
  • 5502B Crestwood Blvd.
  • City: Birmingham
  • Phone: (205) 202-3021
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Woman-owned, general interest neighborhood bookstore, with an emphasis on literary fiction, and also featuring a strong children’s selection, as well as poetry and small press. We believe in the power of books to create and strengthen community, and our motto is: find your book, find your people.

  • Camelot Books & Comics
  • 207 3rd St. SW
  • City: Cullman
  • Phone: (256) 736-2622
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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A 17 year fixture in Cullman, Al, Camelot Carrie’s the latest in comics and new reads as well as back issues and over 100,000 used hard and soft cover books. Visit with plenty of time to explore the tesseract that is Camelot.

The Flip Flop Book Shop is a new and used bookstore located in Daphne, AL. We BUY, SELL, and TRADE books of most genres and strive to curate a unique book shopping experience.

  • Second Read Books
  • 324A 2nd Ave. SE
  • City: Decatur
  • Phone: (256) 822-2139
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Second Read Books carries quality used hardcover, trade paperback, and rare/vintage books at fair prices. We have a variety of genres including, thriller fiction, romance, historical fiction, science fiction, religious fiction, history, biography/memoirs, sports, religious, true crime, classics/literature, and a variety of others. Come in, browse and feel at home! We accept books for store credit or cash. We value the trade-ins based on factors such as condition of the book, popularity of the title, author, or topic, current inventory, and market value. We are selective! We will not accept every book that is offered. And you are under no obligation to accept our trade-in/cash offer. This ensures that we maintain a good inventory of quality used books and you feel that you receive good value for your trade-in. If we don’t have a book that you want, we can get it quickly.

  • Downtown Books
  • 150 N. Foster St.
  • City: Dothan
  • Phone: (334) 305-2599
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • The Book Inn
  • 15 S. Section
  • City: Fairhope
  • Phone: (251) 928-3664
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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We opened in 1979 to sell books at 40% off the original cover price. We have audio books, cookbooks, and some new books, as well as solar knickknacks.

Page & Palette

An independent seller of books (new, used, and sale) & art supplies for 44 years in downtown Fairhope, Alabama.

Book Exchange of Foley

We carry lots of paperbacks, hardcovers, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as DVDs and used videogames. Just a quick drive from Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Robertsdale.

  • Branch Books
  • 701H Nance Ford Rd.
  • City: Hartselle
  • Phone: (256) 754-5111
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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We have all types of books for children and adults. Please visit us at our “Branch Books” Facebook page for more information.

Birmingham’s oldest independent bookstore. Family owned and operated since 1973. We help you find the books you’ll love, hosting author signings, readings, storytimes, and more.

Vamp and Tramp, Booksellers LLC

Contemporary Fine Press and Artists’ Books. Open by appointment only.

  • The Book Shelf
  • 6125 University Dr., Ste B-24
  • City: Huntsville
  • Phone: (256) 881-5040
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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We are North Alabama’s premier used and new trading bookstore. We offer high quality books for purchase or trade.

  • The Booklegger
  • 4001 Holmes Ave. NW
  • City: Huntsville
  • Phone: (256) 895-0082
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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The Haunted Book Shop

Independent bookstore located in the heart of downtown Mobile, Alabama. We carry new, used, and rare books.

  • Meg's Books
  • 6950 Moffett Rd
  • City: Mobile
  • Phone: (251) 649-0100
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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We sell and trade books and carry thousands of paperbacks.

Ol' Curiosities & Book Shoppe

A unique gem of a bookstore located in downtown Monroeville, Alabama, we have a large inventory and our shelves are replenished daily with new and exciting finds.

Bookstore, library and community space. For the people, by the people.

  • Read Herring
  • 105 S. Court St.
  • City: Montgomery
  • Phone: (334) 834-3552
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Montgomery’s only independent bookstore, selling new and used titles, and hosting author events.

Gibson's Books

We have been in business for over 20 years. We have stocked our online shop with rare, used and out print books. We also have postcards, sheet music, advertising, photographs and other ephemera. We will be happy to answer any questions you have by either email or phone.  Our open shop West Station Antiques is in Downtown Historic Owens Cross Roads in Northern Alabama. Our Hours are Thursday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 1-5. We offer a general line of used and rare books and ephemera as well as other antiques.

The best place to get new and used books! Located on State Highway 67 about 1 mile east of Interstate 65. Around 7 miles from US. Highway 31 in Decatur.

Ernest & Hadley Booksellers
  • Ernest & Hadley Booksellers
  • 1928 7th St.
  • City: Tuscaloosa
  • Phone: (205) 632-5331
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Educational, Feminist, LGBT, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Ernest & Hadley Booksellers strives to provide a unique selection of books and other creative materials from local, regional, and international sources. We seek the input of community members who have a deep love of books and wish to share that passion with others. With a village approach, we provide space for book clubs to meet, authors to hold book signings, and artists to exhibit their craft, as all are essential to our purpose. The store’s namesakes are Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. On a recent New Year’s visit to Paris, store owners Easty and Ian visited one of Hemingways’ early 20th-century residences in the Latin Quarter, which provided the inspiration for the store name. Fast forward to August and the store location was found and the store manager, Avery, hired.

Sweet Home Books is a brand-new indie bookstore in beautiful downtown Wetumpka!