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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Indiana

The best list of independent Indiana bookstores


The Bookshelf of Batesville has been in business for over 30 years! Offering new books and over 100,000 used books, The Bookshelf is the place for all your reading needs. Owner Chris Fairchild and the other "Bookshelf Ladies" will be happy to help you find the perfect book for you! If it's not on the shelf, the store offers special ordering complete with overnight deliveries.

  • City Title Bloomington
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  • Address 1 408 E. 6th St.
  • Phone (812) 339-8710
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Alternative/Political, Art, Feminist, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. is a volunteer powered, non-profit organization that exists to provide new and used books, zines, magazines, and comics on topics of social justice, independent media, and fiction for the community; send literature of all types free of charge to prisoners in the midwest; and to provide a meeting space for community and literary groups.
  • City Title Columbus
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  • Address 1 548 Washington St.
  • Phone (812) 376-0778
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Founded in 1973, Viewpoint Books is one of the oldest general bookstores in the state of Indiana. Viewpoint is located in downtown Columbus, Indiana world renowned for its modern architecture.

A little independent bookshop in the most delightful town in Indiana.

Goshen Indiana's source for used and new books, toys, games, local art, and literary gifts. Every purchase benefits literacy at home and around the world!

  • City Title Indianapolis
  • Address 1 9 S. Johnson Ave.
  • Phone (317) 375-3715
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Regional

We are a new & selected used bookstore specializing in Indiana books & authors. We are located in Historic Irvington.

  • Address 1 9402 Uptown Dr #1400
  • Phone (317) 288-5136
  • Type New books
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  • Address 1 911 Massachusetts Ave.
  • Phone (317) 384-1496
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
We're an independent bookstore (making us part of an endangered species), and we're the only bookstore operating in the downtown Indianapolis area. We sell mostly used and some new books for adults and children. We think all of these things make us special, but what really makes us extraordinary is our reason for being. Our bookstore is a source of revenue for the not-for-profit organization Indy Reads whose mission is to improve the literacy skills of adults in central Indiana who currently read at or below the sixth grade level. The profits from Indy Reads Books go directly toward improving literacy in our community through Indy Reads.
Founded in 1986 Kids Ink provides quality books and toys for children from birth through the teen years. In addition, select books about parenting and education are available. Books are categorized to provide easy access to books dealing with special needs such as divorce, new babies, and sexuality

Beyond Barcodes Bookstore is a multicultural bookstore selling a variety of books and learning materials. Fair trade goods are also available.

  • City Title Lafayette
  • Address 1 426 Main St
  • Phone (765) 464-6794
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Events Author Signings
Main Street Books is an independent bookstore in historic downtown Lafayette, Indiana. We are purveyors of new, used, and remainder books and feature a large selection of science fiction, fantasy, and mystery, as well as general fiction. We host free events including author signings and discussions, children's story and craft times, and artist receptions.
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  • Address 1 2200 Elmwood Ave Ste D-7
  • Phone (765) 250-3368
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

Store in Market Square selling used and new books, art, and curiosities.

  • City Title Marion
  • Address 1 309 N. Baldwin Ave.
  • Phone (765) 506-1127
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest

Hours: Wed. - Sat. open 11:00 to 4:00

A source for rare and collectible books, magazines and paper ephemera.

The only full-service, independent bookstore in the three-county Southern Indiana region, we carry all genres of books, fiction and nonfiction, and feature local history books. Taco Steve, an outstanding taqueria, shares our space.

  • Address 1 1706 Pleasant St.
  • Phone (765) 614-0266
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Deep discount used bookstore that sells paperbacks for $1, hardcovers for $2, and shopping bags full of kids books for $10. Over 30,000 books to search through.

  • City Title Shelbyville
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  • Address 1 7 Public Square
  • Phone (317) 392-2270
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Three Sisters Books & Gifts is a general bookstore located in the heart of downtown Shelbyville. We also have a cafe and many unique gift items.
  • City Title West Lafayette
  • Address 1 315 W. State St.
  • Phone (765) 743-1915
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards
Pretty good book store. Established in 1968 Von's has grown into the area's oldest and most respected book shop. We also feature a wide selection of affordable jewelry, greeting cards, comic books and graphic novels, music, and unique gifts from around the world.

Toys and Tales that grow imaginations!

  • Address 1 65 Boone Village
  • Phone (317) 344-0365
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

Used bookstore and restaurant. We are a place for people without a place and customer service is our #1 product. We brew our own beer in Indy and pride ourselves on a menu that is both tasty and locally-sourced. We cater to every walk of life and host nightly events including open mic, live music, trivia, pint nights, BBQs, and much more!


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