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Independent Bookstores in Massachusetts

NewPages.com guide to the best Massachusetts indie bookstores

Independent bookstores in Massachusetts are sorted by City as you scroll through. If your favorite indie bookstore is missing, please contact us.

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

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

We buy and sell used books at our two locations in Brooklyn, NY and Amherst, MA.

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.

The best selection of new and used books around.

Located in East Arlington, on the Capitol Theatre block, Maxima has been offering a contemporary selection of handmade gifts, accessories, jewelry, ceramics, stationery, books, toys and greeting cards all created by artists and designers both locally and nationally since 1997.

Little Bee Bookshop is a locally-owned independent bookshop for children of all ages. We sell carefully selected quality used and remaindered new books to make building young libraries accessible for everyone.

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

Copper Dog Books

Copper Dog Books is a general interest bookstore carrying books, gift items, and greeting cards.

The Book Shop of Beverly Farms

The Book Shop of Beverly Farms has been a cozy neighborhood gathering place for book lovers since 1968. Stop by to share the latest book news and become part of a long North Shore tradition.

One of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian and used bookstores. We have over 150,000 used, rare and out of print books in all subjects.

Open daily, we offer 40,000+ select titles, from medieval manuscript leaves to recent mysteries.

I AM Books

I Am Books is the first Italian American bookstore in the United States, focusing on Italian American authors, history, food, art, music, and culture.

Lucy Parsons Center Bookstore

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.

More Than Words is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. More Than Words has two locations: one in Boston and one in Waltham.

Papercuts, J.P.
  • Papercuts, J.P.
  • 60 South St.
  • City: Boston
  • Phone: (617) 522-3404
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Feminist, Literary
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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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.

  • Posman Books
  • 127-129 Newbury St.
  • City: Boston
  • Phone: (857) 277-0057
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts
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Trident Booksellers & Café
  • Trident Booksellers & Café
  • 338 Newbury St.
  • City: Boston
  • 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
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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.

We are a small neighborhood store with local charm. Not only do we sell books, but we sell an assortment of other knick-knacks, such as toys, cards, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, and more! We are open all year round!

Brookline’s premier independent bookstore & more since 1961. In the heart of Coolidge Corner.

The Children’s Book Shop has the largest selection of children’s books in the Boston area, including everything from board books and young adult titles to nonfiction and multicultural books. We hope you’ll shop with us soon!

Over 100,000 new and gently used books, DVDs, CDs, toys, and more in two locations.

Footprints Cafe

Footprints Cafe is a black-owned, woman-owned bookstore. A warm, cozy inviting space to enjoy a day carousing for the perfect book. A place where inclusivity and diversity is celebrated and honored. A bookstore where the spotlight is on people and authors of color.

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

Harvard Book Store

Harvard Book Store is an independently run bookstore serving the greater Cambridge area. The bookstore is located in Harvard Square and has been family-owned since 1932. We are known for our award-winning author series and for an extraordinary selection of new, used, and remainder books. 

Porter Square Books is a fiercely independent new, general bookstore in Cambridge, MA.

  • Books by the Sea
  • 1600 Falmouth Rd.
  • City: Centerville
  • Phone: (508) 771-9100
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts
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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.

Where the Sidewalk Ends Bookstore is a mother-daughter bookstore located in a two-story “antique” barn with a working fireplace and outdoor deck seating, a great place for the whole family to visit!

Yellow Umbrella Books

Books from local authors as well as national bestsellers, along with a variety of nonbook items like candy, games and stationery.

Buttonwood Books & Toys

An independent book and toy store rooted in the community since 1989.

Concord Bookshop

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.

Located in the town of Cotuit on scenic Cape Cod, Isaiah Thomas Books is a general used and rare bookshop offering readers 70,000 books in all fields, including art, architecture, photography, first editions, and minitature books.

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. 

Titcomb's Bookshop

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.

  • Book Moon
  • 86 Cottage St.
  • City: Easthampton
  • Phone: (413) 203-1717
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • Edgartown Books
  • 44 Main St.
  • City: Edgartown
  • Phone: (508) 627-8463
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea
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Martha’s Vineyard independent bookstore renowned for customer service. Browse two floors of books and relax in comfortable reading areas, gardens, and our coffeeshop.

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

Bookends is a quaint and comfortable browsing shop in the center of Florence, a section of Northampton, MA. We are well-stocked with a mix of the inexpensive and the obscure on two floors, including secondhand books, movies, and music.

We’re an independent community bookstore + creativity space for young people of all ages in awesome downtown Florence, MA.

Bookstore on Gloucester’s Main St. We have a variety of new books for all readers, including local and nautical reads, a well-rounded children’s section, and art/coffee table books. We also feature local artists monthly on our Art Wall. Come say hi!

Dogtown Book Shop

Gloucester’s legendary destination for all sorts of books, used and unusual. New and vintage literary gifts, author events, workshops, open mics, and more!

The Bookloft

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.

Familiar Trees
  • Familiar Trees
  • 47 Railroad St.
  • City: Great Barrington
  • Phone: (413) 645-3556
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: Art, Literary
  • Sidelines: Artwork
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Familiar Trees is an independent bookstore with a focus on art and design, with both vintage and new books on topics including 20th Century Art, Photography, Architecture, Interiors and Graphic Design. We also carry a carefully curated selection of literature and poetry as well as books on cinema, music, and performance.

Great Barrington

Roundabout Books is an independent discount bookstore in Greenfield, Massachusetts. We operate both as an online store and as a neighborhood bookshop. We aim to offer our customers a diverse inventory of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s literature at prices that match or beat our lowest internet competitors. Our warehouse-shop is a friendly and helpful place, and we would love to have you stop by. Margaret and Raymond are happy to talk with you about books or just to share our reading space at any time.

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!

Grey Matter Books is a used bookstore in Hadley, MA. We have around 40,000 good, reasonably priced books.

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.

  • Aesop's Fable
  • 400 Washington St. Ste. 200
  • City: Holliston
  • Phone: (508) 429-2031
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's
  • Sidelines: Toys/Games
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Aesop’s Fable is an independent bookshop with a focus on inspiring creativity and growth in minds of all ages. We have a thoughtfully curated selection of diverse books and pride ourselves on promoting local authors.

The Bookstore

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.

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We are here for readers, those who have been reading for a lifetime, those still chewing on the corners of books, and everyone in between. We want to become your place to browse new titles, to meet friends, to explore ideas, to share stories.

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

New England’s largest children’s bookstore. We have nothing electronic or downloadable in the entire store. We carry lots of educational toys, games, art supplies, and curiosities in stock. Our prices are competitive, often lower than those online or at big box stores. We also house the Pottery Place, where you can drop in to paint anytime you like with no studio fees. The Pottery Place is also a great place to have your birthday party or friend’s night out.

Metaphysical book and retail store offering workshops, regular groups, special events, and psychic readings.

Over 100,000 new and gently used books, DVDs, CDs, toys, and more! Find us in two Massachusetts locatons: Burlington and Middleton.

Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find.

Mitchell's Book Corner

Mitchell’s Book Corner is a full service, independent book store on Nantucket Island, MA.

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.

  • Subtext Book Shop
  • 209 Union St.
  • City: New Bedford
  • 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
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An independent bookstore with a focus on local, New Bedford history and nautical books

The Jabberwocky Bookshop is a full-service independent bookstore located in a refurbished tannery mill building in the heart of Newburyport.

Newtonville Books is a full-service independent bookstore in Newton, Massachusetts selling children’s and adult books. We have a vibrant author events series, bookclubs, writing workshops, and membership programs.

Booklink Booksellers

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.

  • Gabriel Books
  • 21 Market St.
  • City: Northampton
  • Phone: (413) 586-5596
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Since 1993, 20 years of selling the best scholarly, antiquarian and hard to find books in the Valley.

  • The Old Bookstore
  • 32 Masonic St. Ste. B
  • City: Northampton
  • Phone: (413) 586-0576
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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An independent, community-minded bookstore serving Orleans and the Outer Cape.

An Unlikely Story

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

East End Books Ptown

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.

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.

Feminist/lesbian book and gift shop. EST. 1976 at the tip of Cape Cod. Carrying hand-crafted, ethical, socially conscious work of over 90 female artisans.

Whitelam Books

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.

Wicked Good Books

The Salem, MA indie bookstore. New and used books, literary gifts, and toys.

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

All She Wrote Books is an intersectional, inclusive feminist and queer bookstore that supports, celebrates, and amplifies underrepresented voices through our thoughtfully curated selection of books spanning across all genres.

  • Paperback Junction
  • 619 Washington St.
  • City: South Easton
  • Phone: (508) 238-3034
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: Children's, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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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.

Odyssey Bookshop is the major literary hub of western MA, hosting over 125 events per year and the premier signed First Editions Club. We want to help create and support communities of readers both online and in our shop.

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. 

Black Stories Matter. We are a black-owned independent bookstore located at 97 Hancock Street in Springfield, MA.

  • Red Brick Books
  • 797 Page Blvd.
  • City: Springfield
  • Phone: (413) 732-2213
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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  • The Book Oasis
  • 311 Main St.
  • City: Stoneham
  • 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
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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 over 30 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.

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.

Bunch of Grapes

Independent bookstore on Main St Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard.Visit our website for our schedule of events.

More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore

More Than Words is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. More Than Words has 2 locations, one in Boston and one in Waltham.

Booklovers' Gourmet
  • Booklovers' Gourmet
  • 72 E. Main St.
  • City: Webster
  • 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
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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.

We are a locally-owned, independent bookstore, known for our helpful staff, outstanding children’s department, and unique selection of gifts for all ages.

  • Herridge Books
  • 140 Main St.
  • City: Wellfleet
  • Phone: (508) 349-1323
  • Type: Used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Quality used books in a village setting. General stock of used books in a great variety of subjects. Attentive staff to help you. This shop is a reflection of Cape Cod–just right for serendipitous browsing.

Book shop with 100,000 books. Used, rare, and out of print titles available.

I Cannot Live Without Books is an independent bookstore located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We carry a large inventory of both new and gently read books. Our concentration is in history, military history (especially World War II and the American Civil War), and biographies. We also have a good selection of other genres, including mysteries, general fiction, true crime, sports, and music.

Tatnuck Bookseller Gift Gallery & Cafe is the largest independent bookstore in New England. At 35,000 square feet, this spacious facility contains a dedicated event room for author and literacy events.

We are Westfield’s local, independent bookshop! We offer new and pre-owned books with special orders happily filled; we host author appearances and monthly book discussions; and we proudly work with local authors and artisans. Join our monthly book club meetings or we’ll be happy to provide a free space for your group to meet.  Check our website for our hours.

Partners Village Store

We have been welcoming friends since 1979. Come and visit one of South Coast’s favorite destinations. No matter what you’re expecting you’ll find something to surprise you!

Independently owned and operated in Winchester, MA since 1984.

Great coffee, book selection, and atmosphere, come see us! Can’t find the book you’re looking for? We’ll order it for you.

Annie's Book Stop of Worcester
  • Annie's Book Stop of Worcester
  • 65 James St Ste 2
  • City: Worcester
  • Phone: (508) 796-5613
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: Children's, Literary, Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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We are your friendly neighborhood bookstore, stocking new and pre-read books, as well as toys, gifts, magazines, greeting cards, audio titles, and much more! We welcome special orders and we will happily take want lists.

  • Bedlam Book Cafe
  • 138 Green St. Ste. 1
  • City: Worcester
  • Phone: (508) 459-1400
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts
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Used books, from the academic to esoteric. Unique curiosities. Organic juices and smoothies. Author events, readings, and community gathering spot.

Root & Press Coffee & Books

Root and Press is an independent bookstore with an in-house cafe. As a smaller outlet, we focus our book selections (non-fiction and limited fiction) on issues of the moment and area. Our retail selections feature some of the finest works of local artisans. Finally, our coffee is locally roasted and ground in-house while our food selections are locally sourced.

  • Tidepool Bookshop
  • 372 Chandler St.
  • City: Worcester
  • Phone: (508) 753-2500
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games
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Parnassus Book Service
  • Parnassus Book Service
  • 220 Route 6A
  • City: Yarmouthport
  • Phone: (508) 362-6420
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Art, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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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.