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Independent Bookstores in Kentucky

NewPages.com guide to the best Kentucky indie bookstores

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Sweetwater Bookshop
  • Sweetwater Bookshop
  • 208 E. Main St.
  • City: Campbellsville
  • Phone: (270) 789-2665
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Newspapers
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Located right on historic downtown Main Street, Sweetwater Bookshop is Central Kentucky’s coziest bookshop, offering used books, gifts, prints and posters, work by local artisans, candles, toys and games, greeting cards, and more.

Bridging the gap between books and beans. Dog friendly. Located at the foot of the Roebling Bridge in Covington, KY.

Plaid Elephant Books

Plaid Elephant Books is a magical, destination bookshop located in historic Danville, KY. You’ll find books for babies to teenagers, along with puzzles, games, toys, and plush friends. Owner Kate Snyder is a mosaic artist and teaches classes out of her studio in the back of the shop.

Blue Marble Books

We have been serving the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati areas since June 1979. We are a full-service, independent bookseller with a personal commitment to our customers and our community. We host events and specialize in children’s books for all ages, but we can order adult titles as well. Greater Cincinnati Independent Bookseller; member of ABA and GLIBA.

The Read Spotted Newt is here to provide you with local art, books, and gifts. From local authors to local gifts, we have you covered.

Thousands of used and rare books in great condition and a knowledgeable owner make this Lexington’s “Real” Bookshop. Serving customers worldwide.

Glover’s Bookery is a large general used & rare bookstore with a well organized stock of over 80,000 mostly hardback books, antiquarian maps & prints, and tribal art. We have been buying and selling books since 1978. Today we have tens of thousands of books online and a shipping department you can count on. We are proud to be Members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Lexington’s Premier Independent Bookseller since 1986.

We’re an independent bookstore and gift shop in Lexington, Kentucky, near the UK campus.

The Wild Fig Co-op

Wild Fig Coffee and Books is now a worker cooperative. Our featured coffee comes from Smokin’ Aces Coffee Co. Join us for a unique book buying, coffee sipping, community building experience.

Butcher Cabin Books
  • Butcher Cabin Books
  • 990 Barret Avenue
  • City: Louisville
  • Suburb of: Highlands
  • Phone: (502) 938-3651
  • Type: New books, Used books, Rare books, Out-of-print books
  • Specialty: Children's, Crime/Mystery, LGBTQ+, Science Fiction/Fantasy, YA
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts
  • Events: Author Signings, Readings
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A horror bookstore carrying new and used books, rare/out of print Paperbacks from Hell. We also carry horror soundtrack vinyl and a selection of local spooky art. Books and vinyl available for purchase online. Suburb of Highlands.

We are an independent bookstore, budding yarn shop, and the Fuzzy Duck Coffee Shop. Come by and see us!