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Independent Bookstores in Arkansas

NewPages.com guide to the best Arkansas indie bookstores

Independent bookstores in Arkansas are sorted by City as you scroll through. If your favorite indie bookstore is missing, please contact us.

The Paper Chase Bookstore was established in the mid-70’s as a used bookstore and continued as such until we added new books and special orders two years ago. If the book you are looking for is not in our stock of approximately 80,000 titles, we can order it.

“It’s a Mystery Bookstore” is the genuine article when it comes to bookstores. Rated as one of the best bookstores in Arkansas, there are over 20,000 titles both new and gently used within the walls of this great little shop. Inside these walls, you will be surrounded by escapes of the imagination. It’s a place where you can find well-worn chairs, old book smells, and a comforting place to sit back, relax, and enjoy your day.

Your neighborhood bookstore with a cafe offering a pleasant atmosphere to study, read, and enjoy a coffee or tea.

  • Jefferson Street Books
  • 117 N. Jefferson Ave
  • City: El Dorado
  • Phone: (870) 862-8123
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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Books on every subject. Plus, toys, cards, art, and more!

We are a general and out-of-print bookshop specializing in literature, poetry, Irish studies, Americana, and more. As a full-time Bookseller since 1978, we’ve been connecting customers with books for over 30 years. We buy books from 1p-4p everyday except for Sunday.

  • Pearl's Books
  • 28 E. Center St.
  • City: Fayetteville
  • Phone: (479) 527-6984
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Fort Smith’s only independent bookstore located at the corner of North 10th and North B in Brunwick Place.

We are part of the Central Arkansas Library System and have three floors packed with donated books at a low price.We also have an excellent cafe (Bookends), and a beautiful staff art gallery.

  • Pyramid Art Books
  • 1001 Wright Ave Ste C
  • City: Little Rock
  • Phone: (501) 372-5824
  • Type: New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: Children's, African American
  • Sidelines: Artwork
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Supporting all genres from classics to new releases. We host book discussions, storytime for children, and community discussions. Call us for any book!

WordsWorth Books

WordsWorth Bookstore is Little Rock’s largest and oldest independent bookstore. We offer a wide selection of new titles, and specialize in local interest books. Our helpful staff is available seven days a week to assist you and make your shopping experience an enjoyable one. 

The Friendly Bookstore is a project of Friends of the Rogers Public Library. Proceeds from the sale of used books supports the library and its programs. Hours are 10 AM to 4 PM Monday-Saturday.

Dog Ear Books

Downtown’s newest destination for book worms, eager readers, college students, and kids! Plus, loads of community events!

Once Upon a Time Books

We are a used bookstore with two separate inventories: one in our retail store for local customers to browse, and one online that ships orders worldwide.

Chapters on Main
  • Chapters on Main
  • 816 Main St.
  • City: Van Buren
  • Phone: (479) 471-9315
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Magazines/Newspapers
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A local Indie bookseller of new and used books featuring thousands of titles in used from all genres. Also featuring Mama Carmen’s coffee from, our coffee bar as well as natural teas, iced and frozen drinks. Keep up with our regularly scheduled author events and visit our Kid’s Loft.