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Independent Bookstores in Maine

NewPages.com guide to the best Maine indie bookstores

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  • Ellis River Books
  • 864 S. Main St.
  • City: Andover
  • Phone: (207) 518-0428
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Ellis River Books is located in Andover, Maine and offers a wide selection of new and used books.

Briar Patch

Specializing in children’s books from birth through high school, The Briar Patch also carries books on parenting and resources for teachers. Games, crafts, toys, and a wide selection of Playmobil fill the store with something for everyone.

Rare books, original manuscripts, personal author letters, proofs, limited editions, and ephemera.

Maine’s oldest bookstore with six great locations.

Mockingbird Bookshop

We’ve got the book for you! From exciting novels by your favorite authors to culture changing conversations. Come in to find bestselling new releases, timeless classics, sweet children’s books, and books by Maine authors.

  • The Open Door
  • 178 Front St.
  • City: Bath
  • Phone: (207) 443-8689
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Regional
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Over 15,000 out of print books for your browsing pleasure. Many unusual titles and hard to find Maine books. Free domestic shipping with all orders.

  • Bella Books
  • 31 Pendleton
  • City: Belfast
  • Phone: (207) 930-6325
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food
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Bellabooks is a unique independent book store that offers a wide array of both quality used and new books, as well as antiques. We offer a family membership program with special discounts to our members, and strive to provide all of our customers with a unique and fun experience. Come in and visit us today!

Left Bank Books
  • Left Bank Books
  • 109 Church St.
  • City: Belfast
  • Phone: (207) 338-9009
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Since 2004, we’ve been a locally owned store that’s devoted to passionate readers everywhere. We’re open daily, year-round and are happy to take special orders and mail books to you. We are especially strong in fiction, children’s, Maine titles, cooking, history, biography, and belles lettres. Our salon-like environment encourages browsing and we take great pride in hosting dozens of author readings throughout the year. Well-mannered dogs always welcome.

Old Professor's Bookshop
Oliver & Friends
  • Oliver & Friends
  • 87 Main St.
  • City: Belgrade
  • Phone: (207) 707-2123
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Located in the heart of Belgrade Lakes Village, we are an independent bookstore with something for everyone. In addition to a wonderful selection of books, you’ll find a great selection of cards & gifts including arts & crafts supplies for the kids.

Elements: Books, Coffee, Beer

Elements offers specialty coffee, quality books, local craft beer, live music and special events!

  • Rabelais
  • 2 Main St Ste 18-214
  • City: Biddeford
  • Phone: (207) 602-6320
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
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Rabelais is a bookshop dedicated to the pursuit of good food and drink. From DIY to Fine Cuisine, we’re a resource for people interested in improving what they eat. We carry new, out-of-print, and rare books on cooking and food culture.

Blue Hill Books

Maine’s oldest bookstore. Visit our six great locations.

Bridgton Books is an independent bookstore established in 1993 by Justin and Pam Ward. Over 20,000 different new and used book titles.

  • Gulf of Maine Books
  • 134 Main St.
  • City: Brunswick
  • Phone: (207) 729-5083
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Opened in 1979, Gulf of Maine began as an independent alternative bookstore, and still is. We feature poetry, environmental issues, local and regional writing among a wide range of areas and interests.

  • BookStacks
  • 71 Main St.
  • City: Bucksport
  • Phone: (207) 469-8992
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Established in 1997, BookStacks is a terrific little independent bookstore boasting over 5,000 new book titles, more than 1,500 periodicals, and an assortment of greeting cards and gifts. We offer free Wi-Fi 24/7 and pretty good coffee. Open 7 days.

Local coffees, teas, pastries, cakes, and cookies. Local authors. Best sellers and indie picks. Events. Unique magazines. Fiercely indie, truly local.

Compass Rose Bookstore

A carefully curated bookstore specializing in maritime history, showcasing coastal Maine-based writers, offering a thorough selection of environmental history writing. Located in the picture-perfect town of Castine, Maine.

Book Review
  • Book Review
  • 251 US Route 1 Ste 8
  • City: Falmouth
  • Phone: (207) 781-4808
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Toys/Games
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A locally owned Book Store in Falmouth. We sell all genres of books, magazines, cards, wrapping, and gifts to inspire! Hosting author events, and open 7 days a week.

Devaney, Doak & Garrett, Booksellers
  • Devaney, Doak & Garrett, Booksellers
  • 193 Broadway
  • City: Farmington
  • Phone: (207) 778-3454
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers has been Farmington’s full service Independent Bookstore since 1991. We live to embody our motto, Knowledge, Selection and Service. Childrens books, Maine Books, and Literature are our specialties, and we host author events.

Twice Sold Tales
  • Twice Sold Tales
  • 155 Main St.
  • City: Farmington
  • Phone: (207) 778-4411
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Educational, Feminist, LGBT, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts
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The coziest, giant used bookstore you’ll come across! Come search for your treasure.

  • Bogan Books
  • 130 W. Main St.
  • City: Fort Kent
  • Phone: (207) 231-0078
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
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A tiny little indie bookshop with a big heart and kaleidoscope of good vibes. Used and new unique editions, best sellers, cookbooks, Maine themes, physical and spiritual health, young adult, first readers, and so much more!

The Bookworm
  • The Bookworm
  • 42 Main St.
  • City: Gorham
  • Phone: (207) 839-2665
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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The Bookworm has been in business for over thirty years. We have new and used books, greeting cards, and gifts. We support local authors and artisans and welcome special orders.

Bar Harbor Mystery Cove Bookshop

Mystery Cove Book Shop overlooks the ocean in lovely Hulls Cove Maine, just three miles from downtown Bar Harbor and on the edge of Acadia National Park. We have books in all subjects including books on Maine, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, and Bar Harbor.

A seasonal (June to Labor Day) bookstore serving readers on Islesboro, Maine with books for all ages and all tastes.

Fine Print Booksellers is an independently owned and operated bookstore located at Port Walk in Dock Square, Kennebunkport. We carry current bestsellers, local authors, and fiction. Offering an in-depth knowledge of literary trends, you will never be without a perfect book in Kennebunkport.

  • The Tribune Books & Gifts
  • 430 Main St.
  • City: Norway
  • Phone: (207) 739-6200
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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Full service bookstore with new books, toys, magazines, greeting cards and more!

The Maine Bookhouse was established as a family-owned and operated bookstore in 2002. With over 14,000 titles in stock and ready to ship anywhere in the world, we offer a large, diverse, and eclectic selection of quality, new & gently read books including collectible children’s, first editions, signed books, classic literature, the uncommon and more.

  • Back Cover Books
  • 651 Forest Ave, Unit 1
  • City: Portland
  • Phone: (207) 536-1250
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Green Hand Bookshop

A haven for the curious!  Widely ranging used books, many out of print.  We cover general topics extensively, and specialize in science fiction, horror, mystery, and other weird fiction, as well as esoteric topics, including but not limited to philosophy, occult, illusionism, cryptozoology, paranormal pursuits, and more.  Select new book stock available through our website.  Please email with used book requests for mail order. Open year-round.  Please check Facebook or Google Business for hours as factors change. Current limited hours for browsing are Weds-Sat 12:00-4:00, with additional hours being added in May.

Letterpress Books

We sell new and used books and are open every day! Tuesday is Senior Discount Day. We host regular author events, storytimes, and more.

  • Longfellow Books
  • 1 Monument Way
  • City: Portland
  • Phone: (207) 772-4045
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Magazines/Newspapers
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Longfellow Books is a fiercely independent community bookstore located in downtown Portland, Maine. Visit our website to stay up to date on upcoming author events.

Print: A Bookstore

A new independent bookstore on Portland’s East End.

  • Neighborhood Books
  • 375 Main St.
  • City: Presque Isle
  • Phone: (207) 498-0555
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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All types of books including used books and bargain books, STEM kits, puzzles, gift items and bookish items.

  • Hello Hello Books
  • 316 Main St.
  • City: Rockland
  • Phone: (207) 593-7780
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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We are an independent bookshop in Rockland, Maine. We carry high quality new and used books, as well as a careful selection of unusual cards, magazines, and merchandise.

Nonesuch Books & Cards

Nonesuch Books and More is an independently owned and operated bookstore in the Mill Creek Shopping Center in South Portland, Maine.

Nautical Scribe Books
  • Nautical Scribe Books
  • 247 US Route 1
  • City: Stockton Springs
  • Phone: (207) 567-8111
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: Art, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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We are a bookstore for lovers of sailing and the sea. Beautiful ship models and maritime art. While browsing, enjoy a coffee, espresso, or tea. Thousands of books priced below $10 in sixty-four subject categories. Located in mid-coast Maine directly on U.S. Route 1.

Children's Book Cellar

The best source for children’s books, games, and toys in Central Maine! We are now featuring a growing selection of books for adults. We special order books, too.

  • RE-BOOKS
  • 25 Concourse E
  • City: Waterville
  • Phone: (207) 877-2484
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Spend less – read more at RE-BOOKS. Refresh your imagination.

The friendliest book store on the coast of Maine. New and used books for all ages.

Quill Books & Beverage

A bookstore, bar, coffee shop, and community space in Westbrook, Maine. 

Royal River Books
  • Royal River Books
  • 355 Main St.
  • City: Yarmouth
  • Phone: (207) 846-8006
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines: Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Stop in to browse the latest bestsellers, discover a local author, or ask our friendly staff for a suggestion. You will find a delightful children’s section and a unique selection of cards and gifts. We offer free gift wrapping, loyalty rewards, and a 10% discount for all special orders.