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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Massachusetts

The best list of independent Massachusetts bookstores

 

The Silver Unicorn Bookstore is a new independent bookstore for people of all ages in West Acton, MA.

  • City Title Amherst
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  • Address 1 8 Main St.
  • Phone (413) 256-1547
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Magazines/Newspapers

An independent bookstore carrying literature, philosophy, poetry, children’s, science, history, games, totes, and literary curios. Large collection of small press books, journals, and magazines. We also carry textbooks for Amherst and Hampshire Colleges, and host author events for the community.

The Andover Bookstore, founded in 1809, is the second-oldest bookstore in the country. As the center of Andover's cultural community, it serves as a gathering place for storytelling, author events, book groups, and much more. Come on in to get expert recommendations from our knowledgeable staff, and browse to your heart's content.

  • City Title Attleboro
  • Address 1 75 Union St.
  • Phone (508) 226-0100
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Toys/Games

Ugly Dog Books has both new and used books, cards, gifts, toys and more. A unique store. We also offer writing workshops and book discussions each month.

  • City Title Belmont
  • Address 1 79 Leonard St.
  • Phone (617) 855-7640
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

4,000+ square feet of booklovers’ paradise plus a coffee shop in Belmont Center.

  • City Title Boston
  • Address 1 9 West St.
  • Phone (617) 542-0210
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 9 Spring Ln.
  • Phone (617) 338-6328
  • Type Used books
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  • Address 1 189 North St.
  • Phone (857) 263-7665
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

I Am Books is the first Italian American bookstore in the United States, focusing on Italian American authors, history, food, art, music, and culture. We allow visitors a space to connect with each other and immerse themselves in Italian and Italian American culture through book signings, concerts, and other events

The Lucy Parsons Center, located in Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, is an all-volunteer, nonprofit collectively run radical, independent bookstore and community center, providing reading material, space for individuals to drop in, and a free meeting and event space.

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  • Address 1 5 Green St.
  • Phone (617) 522-3404
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Feminist, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Papercuts J.P. is an award-winning independent bookstore located in the vibrant Jamaica Plain. Papercuts is small and cozy, and expertly curated with a diverse array of literary events.

A demonstration kitchen and cookbook store, Stir offers classes on cooking, wine, and spirits weekly and features over 300 domestic and international titles on cuisine, pastry, wine, spirits, travel, and food writing.

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  • Address 1 338 Newbury St.
  • Phone (617) 267-8688
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary
  • Sidelines Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Trident Booksellers & Cafe was opened in the fall of 1984 by Bernie and Gail Flynn. The initially small cafe has grown into a restaurant with a full menu, specializing in breakfast/brunch foods. Now twenty 25 later, "the Trident", is still alive and continually evolving, with a new second floor, we have more books, more tables, and a second bar with beer and wine on tap. With Boston's Best Free WiFi, an award-winning magazine selection, and new and discount books, "the Trident" is the perfect place to host a book group, spend an afternoon, an evening, or a day.

  • City Title Brookline
  • Address 1 279 Harvard St.
  • Phone (617) 566-6660
  • Address 1 237 Washington St.
  • Phone (617) 734-7323
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's

The oldest all-poetry bookstore in the nation. We host regular poetry readings.

  • City Title Centerville
  • Address 1 1600 Falmouth Rd
  • Phone (508) 420-9400
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

We are a small independent bookstore in Centerville. We have a large assortment of books on Cape Cod and maritime history, bestsellers and childrens' books, and specialize in supporting our many wonderful local authors, including children's authors.

  • Address 1 501 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 945-0144
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • City Title Cohasset
  • Address 1 747 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy. (Rte. 3A)
  • Phone (781) 383-2665
  • Type New books
  • City Title Concord
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  • Address 1 65 Main St.
  • Phone (978) 369-2405
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Established 1940, a full-service independent bookstore in historic Concord Center, offering a wide spectrum of books and engaging author events fueled by community spirit.

  • City Title Dedham
  • Address 1 577 High St.
  • Phone (781) 493-6568
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Toys/Games

Founded by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, The Blue Bunny offers quality children's toys, books, storytimes and events, and a newly added cafe. 

  • City Title East Sandwich
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  • Address 1 432 Route 6A
  • Phone (508) 888-2331
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Titcomb's Bookshop is a browser's delight offering three floors filled to the brim with used and rare books; new books and bestsellers for all ages; creative toys and puzzles; beautiful cards and gifts. This family owned bookstore was founded in 1969. The store has hosted numerous authors, including Richard Russo, Wally Lamb, Mary Oliver, Jodi Picoult, Henry Winkler and many more. It was selected by the International Bookselling Federation as one of 50 of the World's Unique Bookstores.

  • City Title Edgartown
  • Address 1 44 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 627-8463
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea

Martha's Vineyard independent bookstore renowned for customer service. Browse two floors of books and relax in comfortable reading areas, gardens, and our coffeeshop.

  • City Title Falmouth
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  • Address 1 189 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 548-5548
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Eight Cousins presents a distinctive collection of quality books, chosen to offer culture, fun, beauty, insight and knowledge on many topics from the world over. Carefully selected programs, music, toys, and books for adults extend the children's books that are the historic core of our collection. We strive to create an atmosphere of friendly, honest, knowledgeable service for our customers in a clean, attractive, convenient place of business where we regularly host events. We firmly believe that children, reading and imagination are fundamental elements of a healthy community. There are now nearly 20,000 titles in our stock list, of which around 12,000 are in the store on any given day. We are glad to special order any book in print.

  • City Title Great Barrington
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  • Address 1 332 Stockbridge Rd.
  • Phone (413) 528-1521
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Exceptional independent bookstore serving the Berkshires and beyond since 1974. Visit our website to stay up to date on upcoming author events, storytimes, and more.

  • City Title Greenfield
  • Address 1 134 Main St.
  • Phone (413) 772-2186
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

World Eye Bookshop opened over 40 years ago, and even though we've had several locations, we're still Greenfield's only independent new bookshop. In addition to our wide selection of books and gifts, we offer great customer services including out of print book searches and free gift wrapping all year long! We hope you'll make World Eye YOUR bookshop!

  • City Title Hanover
  • Address 1 1775 Washington St. (Rte 53), Ste. 209
  • Phone (781) 826-6060
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Independent bookstore for independent minds! We carry children's books and related toys, games and puzzles, teen and YA, and now carry adult bestsellers! We also host author events, book clubs, and more.

  • City Title Lenox
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  • Address 1 11 Housatonic St.
  • Phone (413) 637-3390
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Recently chosen by Expedia as one of 20 Must See Literary Destinations Around the World, Lenox Bookstore has been serving the community for over thirty years. In addition to providing books to the community, we also host regular author events.

  • City Title Marblehead
  • Address 1 107 Pleasant St.
  • Phone (781) 631-7199
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

The Spirit of '76 Bookstore has been Marblehead's source of all things literary since 1965! We are a full-service bookstore also carrying greeting cards, gifts, gift wrap, etc. Check out our impressive staff picks Section and join us for author events! Visit our lovely children's room! Come by and let us suggest your new favorite book!

  • City Title Marion
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  • Address 1 151 Front St.
  • Phone (508)-748-1041
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

A small, warm bookstore with friendly, helpful staff in the beautiful seaside town of Marion, MA. specializing in super customer service, special orders, unique cards and stationery, gifts, jewelry and so much more.

  • City Title Marshfield
  • Address 1 1831 Ocean St.
  • Phone (781) 834-5696
  • Type Used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

We have an enormous selection of books, including new releases, covering a vast array of topics, both fiction and nonfiction, with a special section just for children. We gladly accept book donations, and thank our generous and supportive donators, both past and present.

  • City Title Mashpee
  • Address 1 31 Market St.
  • Phone (508) 539-6985
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

New England's largest children's bookstore.

  • City Title Montague
  • Address 1 440 Greenfield Rd.
  • Phone (413) 367-9206
  • Type Used books
  • Address 1 25 Broad St.
  • Phone (508) 228-4000
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games
Nantucket Bookworks is the island's funky little shop packed with great books, toys, gifts, cards, and local music. We even have eBooks on our website.
  • City Title New Bedford
  • Address 1 209 Union St.
  • Phone (774) 202-0649
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Art, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards

An independent bookstore with a focus on local, New Bedford history and nautical books

The Book Rack is an independent, community-oriented bookstore located in beautiful downtown Newburyport, MA.

For 54 years, providing New England's best book selection and prices.

  • City Title Northampton
  • Address 1 150 Main St, Thornes Marketplace
  • Phone (413) 585-9955
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

A small bookstore with a loud voice. Hosting book signings, talks, and more.

At Broadside, we're dedicated to good books, personal service, and close community. Join us for author events and signings.

An independent bookstore and cafe in Plainville, MA. Be sure to visit for books, specialty gifts, coffee, treats & much more!

  • City Title Plymouth
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  • Address 1 10 North St.
  • Phone (252) 646-0190
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork

Plymouth, MA's oldest and most interesting independent bookstore and art gallery, since 1981.Thousands of books, used, collectible, and new. Original art as well as collectible prints.

  • City Title Provincetown
  • Address 1 389 Commercial St.
  • Phone (508) 413-9059
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

A full service bookstore in beautiful Provincetown on the East End. A lovingly curated collection of books in print, e-books, and really cool magazines.

  • Address 1 246 Commercial St.
  • Phone (508) 487-0964
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines Gifts

Provincetown's oldest bookstore, located in the center of town. Bestsellers, a huge fiction selection, cookbooks, bigraphies, kid's books, lots of local authors, an extensive Cape Cod section, beach reads, classics, t-shirts, totes, and much more.

  • City Title Reading
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  • Address 1 610 Main St.
  • Phone (781) 779-1833
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

Family-owned, independent neighborhood bookstore. Join us for book clubs, story times, book signings, author events, and community events.

Boston's Largest Selection of African American authors.

  • City Title Salem
  • Address 1 215 Essex St.
  • Phone (978) 594-1938
  • Type New books
  • City Title Seekonk
  • Address 1 20 Commerce Way Ste 10
  • Phone (508) 336-2660
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

New, discount, and gently used books. Large selection of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. Organized, clean and friendly. Open since 1997.

  • City Title Shelburne Falls
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  • Address 1 10 Bridge St.
  • Phone (413) 625-9362
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Located in the picturesque village of Shelburne Falls, Boswell's Books offers the best of nationally-known and local new and used books for children and adults, area guidebooks, select work of local artists & artisans, cards, gifts, games, puzzles and novelties. Come meet Boswell the Cat, browse, and enjoy a good book, a comfy chair, and a warm and welcoming ambience.

  • City Title South Easton
  • Address 1 669 Washington St.
  • Phone (508) 238-3034
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty Children's, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
Paperback Junction is a general bookstore offering special orders daily, and specializes in children's books, as well as hardcover bestsellers. Located in South Easton, MA, we have been in business 33 years.
  • City Title South Hadley
  • Address 1 9 College St.
  • Phone (413) 534-7307
  • Type Primarily new with some used books

Our book shop has a wide variety of books from varying genres and prices ranging from $1 to rare books over $100. We also carry a large variety of ephemera. Located in the former Edwards Library in Southampton, MA, our quaint and cozy location is easy to find and parking is available on site. Can't make it during our regular hours? Call us to arrange for an appointment during the week. 

  • City Title Stoneham
  • Address 1 311 Main St.
  • Phone (781) 438-0077
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

We are an independently-owned general interest bookstore celebrating 10+ years of offering great reads to our community. We have over 30,000 titles in all genres, hand-made gifts, and so much more.

Bearly Read Books has been in business for 27 years. We have a wide range of subjects including military history, first edition children's and illustrated classics, modern first editions, leather bound sets. We are open 6 days a week, closed Mondays. We have 40,000 books in stock.

  • City Title Sutton
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  • Address 1 145 Armsby Rd
  • Phone (508) 841-5437
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's, Educational, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Enchanted Passage is a children’s bookstore with a curated list of books for infants through young adults. But it is so much more, offering thematic activities and parties frequented by fairies, mermaids and dragons, author and special guest events, creative workshops and educational programs for kids and adults all focused on fostering a love of literacy, stimulating imagination, and inspiring creativity in every child (and adult) who enters the door.

Readmore is a great little hole in the wall bookstore right on Rt. 44 in Taunton, Mass. We have a wide variety of many books from young adult/children's books to best selling authors and everything in between.

  • City Title Vineyard Haven
  • Address 1 23 Main St.
  • Phone (508) 693-2291
  • Type New books
  • City Title Webster
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  • Address 1 55 E. Main St.
  • Phone (508) 949-6232
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

Your friendly neighborhood bookstore, gift shop & coffeehouse! We carry thousands of new and gently used books of all kinds including best sellers, current fiction, memoirs, cookbooks, health, spirituality, self-help, graphic novels, comic books, young adult & more. Special orders are welcome. Relax and browse with a nice cup of hot or iced gourmet coffee, cappuccino, chai and a homemade pastry. Gift items include unique cards, journals, bookmarks, handmade jewelry & pottery, local honey & chocolates. New items arriving daily! Monthly displays of local artwork, author events and book discussion & writers groups meet here.

  • City Title West Brookfield
  • Address 1 80 W. Main St.
  • Phone (508) 867-8705
  • Type Used books
  • City Title Westborough
  • Address 1 18 Lyman St.
  • Phone (508) 366-4959
  • Type New books
  • City Title Winchester
  • Address 1 559 Main St.
  • Phone (781) 721-5933
  • Type New books

The little store that's bigger on the inside!

  • City Title Yarmouthport
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  • Address 1 220 Route 6A
  • Phone (508) 362-6420
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Ben Muse began selling books from the former Knowles General Store in 1959. Now in our third generation, we are a famiy-run, general book store selling new and old (often rare) books as well as issuing specialty catalogs on a variety of subjects: Americana, Latin America, Maritime, Art, the Orient and a variety of other subjects. If you can't find what you are looking for here on the web, please contact us directly at our Yarmouthport shop—or better yet stop by to browse and talk. We look forward to seeing you.

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