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Independent Bookstores in Indiana

NewPages.com guide to the best Indiana indie bookstores

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  • The Bookshelf
  • 101 N. Walnut St.
  • City: Batesville
  • Phone: (812) 934-5800
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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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.

  • Inklings Bookstore
  • 1020 16th St.
  • City: Bedford
  • Phone: (812) 675-8524
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea
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Books, drinks, snacks, and a place to relax and read. Locally owned!

In business for over than 60 years, the Book Corner carries new bestsellers, limited editions, popular favorites, and more.

Morgenstern Books is back! Bloomington, IN’s beloved bookstore founded by Rick Morgenstern in 1995 has launched a new store.

O'Gara and Wilson, Booksellers

Established in 1882, we are a used and antiquarian bookstore recently moved to Chesterton, Indiana.

Viewpoint Books
  • Viewpoint Books
  • 548 Washington St.
  • City: Columbus
  • Phone: (812) 376-0778
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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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. Visit our Events page for upcoming and ongoing events. 

We carry a variety of new and used books, along with a great selection of gift items.

  • Akoma Books
  • 936 Judson St.
  • City: Evansville
  • Phone: (812) 449-8593
  • Type: New books, Black-owned
  • Specialty: General Interest, African American
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Natural health and beauty products, black literature, African art decor and accessories. Our mission is to empower, educate, and promote cultural pride.

Bluestocking Social is a locally owned bookstore in Evansville Indiana.

Founded in 2021 by brothers Sam and Adam Morris, Your Brother’s Bookstore brings a family-friendly, cozy little shop to downtown Evansville. We sell new books, rare and signed copies, as well as works from local authors and artists.

With over 150,000 titles, we are one of the largest bookstores in Indiana. We maintain a good selection in hundreds of categories, and specialize in history, literature, nature, Indiana, scifi/fantasy, mystery, horror, sports, religion, and the social sciences. Opened in 1992, we’ve remained committed to helping you bring that special book home where it belongs.

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

Fables Books is an independent used and new bookstore located in Goshen, IN. Focusing on connecting community members through shared stories, Fables Books aims to provide a welcoming space for readers that fosters a culture of reading while connecting people to stories they will love. Fables Books is more than a place; it’s a community where each story matters: ours, yours, Goshen’s, old, new, spoken, written. Our mission is to connect our community through our stories.

  • Miles Books
  • 2819 Jewett Ave
  • City: Highland
  • Phone: (219) 838-8700
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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We are an independent book store, selling new, gently used, and collectible books. We have over 70,000 titles in stock. We also offer book/Bible repair and restoration. Professional book appraisals are available by appointment for a fee. As always, we can order you the book you need, in or out of print.

  • Green Door
  • 325 Main St.
  • City: Hobart
  • Phone: (219) 945-3656
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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A used bookstore in historic downtown Hobart.

We are a used book/vinyl record store carrying a variety of gifts, such as used CDs, DVDs, earrings, mugs, fashion scarves & more!

The Abstract is a family owned book business with approximately 20,000 volumes, mostly hardcover, and many interesting related items including ephemera and magazines. We are open by appointment or by chance.

Used bookstore and nanobrewery.

Indy Reads Books
  • Indy Reads Books
  • 1066 Virginia Ave.
  • City: Indianapolis
  • Phone: (317) 384-1496
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
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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.

Irvington Vinyl & Books

New/used books and records! Rare, vintage, and local. Formerly Irvington Vinyl and Bookmamas.

Kids Ink Children's Bookstore

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. Join us for book signings, storytimes, and other exciting events.

Chapter 2 Books is a used bookstore in downtown Kokomo, Indiana. We have all genres of fiction and many categories of non-fiction as well. We accept donations and offer trade credit towards your book purchase as well. Contact us for more information!

Main Street Books

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.

Second Flight Books

Independent bookstore in Market Square with over 35,000 used titles, new books, and literary gifts. We host readings, book clubs, and other community events!

Between the Pages Bookstore offers used books, vinyl records, and DVD’s. For every book we sell, we donate one back into the community!

Real books, real people. Special orders, gift certificates, comfy chairs, courtesy coffee, bookbinding and restoration, art gallery, author events, poetry readings, live music performances, a Steinway grand piano, and: Oscar Wilde, Grrrrtrude Stein, Alistair B. Toklas, the bookstore cats.

Hours: Wed. – Sat. open 11:00 to 4:00

Full line family bookshop located on the historic downtown square in Martinsville, Indiana. We offer books for all ages, classic toys, boardgames, book related clothing, and great gifts !

A small-town bookstore with small-town prices, keeping prices so low, all you have to worry about is what to read next!

A wonderland of books of every type and a wonderful place to find your next great adventure. Stop in and shop and you will find a large assortment of fiction, nonfiction, scifi, horror, romance, manga, and much much more.

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

Naughty Dog Books is an independently owned and operated bookstore in Nashville, Indiana.

  • Mickey's
  • 624 Vincennes St.
  • City: New Albany
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea
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Coffee shop and used bookstore at 624 Vincennes Street in New Albany.

  • JBK Books
  • 208 E. Main St.
  • City: North Manchester
  • Phone: (260) 982-7219
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Used and rare titles. Open Monday-Saturday 10-4 and by appointment.

Used book emporium and gift shop.

We are a used Independent Bookstore. I started this store to bring an abundance of literature to my community! My hope is we can grow an amazing group of individuals that can bond and build relationships over the magic we find in books.

Three Sisters Books & Gifts
  • Three Sisters Books & Gifts
  • 7 Public Square
  • City: Shelbyville
  • Phone: (317) 392-2270
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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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.

Bookstore devoted to bringing inclusive books, authors, and illustrators, to children and teens.

The Griffon has a uniquely specialized collection of used books and reference materials, with a wide selection of titles in the following fields: philosophy, theology, psychology, classical literature, foreign language, military history, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and art & music.

Reading Room Books is a unique bookstore located in the heart of historic Wabash, Indiana. We specialize in rare and used books.

We love unique antiques, books, and other collectibles. Items from around our region are of particular interest!

Your one-stop-shop for gently used books, delicious chocolate, yummy candy, and everything in between!

  • Von's Books
  • 315 W. State St.
  • City: West Lafayette
  • Phone: (765) 743-1915
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
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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.

A new cozy, quaint, community-involved, family-owned bookstore. We offer a wide variety of new books, a warm beverage, and quiet spot for you to take in stories and become engaged in a new adventure.

Toys and Tales that grow imaginations!

Black Dog Books
  • Black Dog Books
  • 115 S. Main St.
  • City: Zionsville
  • Phone: (317) 733-1747
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Fine and collectible books, local author books, gently read and new books, antiquarian maps, gifts, stationary, cards, paintings by local artists, and events.

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!