NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in New York
The best list of independent New York bookstores
Aeon Bookstore is an independent bookseller in Manhattan specializing in literature, art, philosophy, occult, and music. We have both used and new titles.
Only one used bookstore remains on what was once Book Row; owner Steve Crowley has held on despite the miles-of-books behemoth around the corner. Trade paperbacks are generally half the cover price; the admirable selection of contemporary and postmodern names like Borges, Calvino, and Toni Morrison reflect an individual taste in a way the Strand’s stacks of Penguin Classics simply can’t.
Albertine is a reading room and bookshop that brings to life French-American intellectual exchange. A permanent venue for free events and debates, we offer more than 14,000 contemporary and classic titles from over 30 French-speaking countries around the world.
Argosy Book Store is now in its third generation of family ownership. Our enormous stock of antiquarian and out-of-print items fills a six-floor building in midtown Manhattan. We specialize in Americana, modern first editions, autographs, art, antique maps & prints, and the history of science & medicine. We also have thousands of books in all other fields of interest.
- Title Link Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe, & Activist Center
- Address 1 172 Allen St.
- Phone (212) 777-6028
- Type Primarily new with some used books
- Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Feminist, Science Fiction/Fantasy
- Sidelines Artwork, Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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We carry over 6000 titles on topics such as queer and gender studies, global capitalism, feminism, police and prisons, democracy studies, and black liberation. You can also find some good 'ole smutty fiction. We also carry magazines, zines, journals, alternative menstrual products and other oddly hard-to-find good things. We host readings, workshops, performances, discussions and films almost every night.
The place for out-of-print cookbooks in NYC. Thousands of books, menus, advertising booklets, and decorative kitchen items. Open MOST days, 1–7 pm. Please call or see my website for this week's hours, or call to make an appointment outside regular hours.
Managed and staffed entirely by volunteers, The Book Cellar affords bibliophiles the opportunity to purchase used books at incredible prices while at the same time supporting the branch library system of the New York Public Library (NYPL). All books are donated, and all net proceeds go directly to the branch libraries. In addition to a carefully arranged selection of books in a variety of categories, there is a large children's section, as well as a varied selection of DVDs, CDs, and even VHS tapes. The Book Cellar: a place where you can feed your book addiction and do good for the community at the same time!
We are here to offer book shops where you can browse and discover the widest range of publications in the arts and humanities that realistically be carried and we have created spaces for extensive representation of new books in areas you will not see elsewhere. We fulfill the essential role of being an independent source for ideas and literary art. A visit to one of our stores will energize your mind and remind you of the awesome scope of positive human intellectual and literary endeavor.
"We feature recent and backlist fiction, children’s books, travel, history, drama, cookbooks, art and fashion books, and other subjects. We pride ourselves on customer service with a knowledgeable and friendly staff, providing special orders on some of those hard-to-find titles, gift wrapping, and shipping services."
Come visit our independent bookshop. Find exciting new voices, undiscovered gems, beloved classics and books signed by many of the leading writers who appear at The Center, along with lit t-shirts, notecards and more!
Chartwell Booksellers is located inside the lobby of the Park Avenue Plaza building, midblock on 52nd Street between Park and Madison Avenues. We carry books by and about Sir Winston Churchill in rare and modern editions, Churchillian ephemera, nonfiction and fiction books, jazz books, motor books, literary collectibles, and out-of-print photography books.
Specializing in Civil Service test prep books and school test prep books with a general selection of new and popular paperbacks and bestsellers as well as a selection of classic paperbacks. Maps and dictionaries and some self-help books as well. Small independent store in business for over fifty years.
We take enormous pride in our stock, and carefully select current adult fiction and nonfiction titles to bring only the best of the best to our customers. Our commitment to carrying “only the best of the best” extends to all sections of the store including history, biography, travel, cook books, parenting, poetry, mysteries, and art. We also host storytimes and author events.
We sell and BUY books, including art and photography books, textbooks (buyback), philosophy, mathematics, religion, occult, esoterica, new age, counter-culture, critical theory, music, literary fiction, Greek and Latin–actually any scholarly subject, review copies, underground comics/graphic novels.
Forbidden Planet NYC has been one of the world's largest and most acclaimed sellers of comics, graphic novels, books, toys & other collectibles for over 30 years!
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe has established itself as a New York downtown institution and tourist destination for the last decade. Special events and a fully stocked cafe make this a great place to meet friends, relax and shop the best book, movie and music selection in New York City.
The Madison Avenue store is a seventh-floor oasis for book-lovers, a quiet and pleasantly furnished book room with a carefully chosen, expertly catalogued and broad-based selection of fine and rare books, autographs, manuscripts, and works of art. We have built notable private collections for American and international clients. Our stock is always changing, and our steady input from private buying and public auctions assures our clients of new surprises (and temptations!) at each visit.
Our store is much more than cookbooks. We carry a range of food history and scholarship, a deep selection of operations and technical manuals, and what we feel is a terrific array of great food writing.
McNally Jackson at The Shed is a new arts-focused shop from the independent bookseller. The shop features a deep catalogue of books responding to The Shed’s arts programming and is found in our lobby.
We've been here 25 years, and have used, out-of-print and even some new books in almost any subject imaginable. We have LPS, too. Everyone here is a writer in some genre so we one of us is bound to be able to find what you're looking for.
We are devoted to all things mysterious, from hard-boiled hardcovers to pulpy paperbacks, suspected signings and whispers around town.
- Title Link Namaste Bookshop
- Address 1 2 W. 14th St.
- Phone (212) 645-0141
- Type New books
- Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age
- Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
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Welcome to Namaste Bookshop. We sell cheap books in NYC, including art and photography books, textbooks, philosophy, mathematics, religion, occult, music, literary fiction, Greek and Latin–actually any scholarly subject–and underground comics/graphic novels. We also buy CD’s and DVD’s, except for pop music, and host readings.
The Bookstore is more than a place—it's an experience! In addition to more than 45,000 trade books and student textbooks, our 29,000 sq. foot store at 726 Broadway features an event space for author readings and community events, a Kid's Corner for families and young readers to lounge and browse.
Our Chelsea Market Flagship store opened in 2009 and is located near the 10th Avenue entrance, or western side of the market. We have a great selection of fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks and much more. Come by with the kids to browse through our extensive children’s sections!
Come visit our midtown location at Rockefeller Center! We’ve put together a great selection of books, calendars and more to make your shopping experience at Rock a great one. We are located on the South Concourse level.
As one of the world’s largest publicly available source for artists' books, Printed Matter is an important voice in a vibrant and expanding field. A longstanding open submission process invites artists and independent publishers to submit their books for sale at Printed Matter. We circulate over 32,000 publications annually on behalf of artists and small presses through our non-profit store in Chelsea, our online catalog and other distribution channels. With a commitment to representing and engaging a diverse community of artists, Printed Matter is in many cases one of the few outlets for artist-made publications on the peripheries of mainstream distribution networks.
Printed Matter / St. Mark’s is located in the lobby of the Swiss Institute. Open to the public Wednesday - Sunday with a robust program of public events, including artists’ readings and talks, panel discussions, performances, and more.
If you are interested in spiritual, esoteric or new age literature, the Quest Bookshop should be the first place you look. We are an independent bookstore with an excellent selection of not only books, but also many other useful items to help in your search, or to give as gifts to others.
Rizzoli Bookstore is widely considered one of the foremost independent booksellers in America specializing in literature, photography, architecture, interior design, cookery, and the fine and applied arts. And unique in New York City, Rizzoli Bookstore also stocks Italian, French and Spanish-language fiction and non-fiction literature.
Shakespeare & Co. is an independent bookstore that has been serving the New York community for over three decades, with books for general audiences and higher-education customers.
The only black-owned bookstore in Manhattan. We are not just a book store; we are a community resource center for the exchange of information and ideas. Our motto is “Knowledge of Self is the key to Understanding”. We provide an educational, emotional, spiritual and loving environment for a diverse community, where all are welcome.
Three Lives is our living room, and a living place. It is a work in progress. We (the store and our customers) have grown up and evolved together. People come here to see and buy what we consider to be some of the best books available today. They also come to discuss books, culture, and events of the moment. They meet for a sense of community in times of national tragedy and personal celebration. Intrinsically, books extend a graciousness that provokes discourse.
Bargain books in the heart of the West Village in Manhattan. We deal in highly curated ART, PHILOSOPHY, SPIRITUALITY, MUSIC, FICTION, and more! Aldous Huxley, William Blake, Jack Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Che Guevara, and many others.
Established in 1972, Ursus serves clients in New York and throughout the world. We offer a comprehensive selection of art reference books, superb copies of rare books in all fields, and decorative prints
What does this Broadway shop specialize in? Oh, just "fiction, modern first editions, art, illustrated books, graphic design, children's books, architecture, antiques and collectibles, Asian, [and] African American," titles, so, everything.
- Title Link Word Up Community Bookshop
- Address 1 2113 Amsterdam Ave.
- Phone (347) 688-4456
- Type Primarily used with some new books
- Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Children's, Feminist, Literary
- Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers
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Word Up is a multilingual, general-interest community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights, New York City, committed to preserving and building a neighborhood in which all residents help each other to live better informed and more expressive lives, using books as an instrument of reciprocal education and exchange, empowering themselves and their community. Word Up is primarily run by volunteers. By hosting literary readings, music concerts, film screenings, theater productions, art openings, workshops, and other activities for kids and adults, we do our best to support and fortify the creative spirit unique to our diverse, uptown community.
The Treehouse Reading and Arts Center is a bookshop and learning center to inspire, promote, and support literacy goals in the community.
Opened in 2018, White Paw is excited to bring the fun back to Newark, NY! Parking out back, access ramp in front, and plenty of space to kick back and read by our spacious front windows, we have a great selection of used books from vintage oldies to gently used new releases, as well as reasonably priced antiques to jazz up those bookshelves. We also carry board and card games, and host monthly game days, role playing games, a writer's club, book club, jam sessions, and more.
Indie bookstore with a craft beer, cider, and wine bar serving tasty food and coffee!
86 year old independent bookstore. Three floors of books, three cats. Out of print searches, worldwide shipping.
the river's end bookstore is a beautiful independent bookstore on the banks of the Oswego River. Stop in to browse, have a coffee, use your laptop, ask directions!
The Dog Eared Book is a new, used, and rare bookstore in Palmyra, NY. We specialize in used books in great condition. We also have a unique selection of literary themed gifts, and great toys and plush for kids.
The Biblio-Tech cafe is a locally owned cafe, bookstore, and specialty gift shop. We offer new and used books, toys and games, personal tech, and a cafe with a variety of seating and wicked fast wifi to suit all your needs.
A general interest bookstore located in the Champlain Centre Mall. Seminars, book clubs, and other author events.
An old-fashioned neighborhood bookshop with great books and other gifts for all. Special orders welcome. Author events. Service, knowledgeable staff, and commitment to our community.
The Dolphin Bookshop is an independently-owned bookstore, cafe and gift shop nestled in the bucolic North Shore of Long Island.
The Friends' Book Store has over 20,000 high-quality used books, DVDs, and audio books. We continuously restock the shelves from our large inventory of donated books. Most books are $2.00 or less! Our Mission: To support the Poughkeepsie Public Library District as an informational and cultural force in the community; to develop a thorough understanding of the library’s responsibilities, limitations, and difficulties; to make the public aware of the facilities of the library and to stimulate use of the library’s services and resources; and to encourage support of the library through gifts and volunteer services.
Booksy Galore is a hybrid, indie bookstore. Part cozy brick-and-mortar, part online sales, and always all about matching people with books they love.
Founded in 1975, Oblong Books & Music is the largest independent bookseller in the Mid-Hudson Valley. With a vibrant children's book and toy section, a large bargain books selection, and a knowledgeable staff, Oblong has something for everyone. Open daily.
We carry new and used titles and are open seven days a week. We buy books.
Element of Fun is a children’s and young adult book and toy store located in Rochester, NY. We offer new & used books and a variety of toys for all ages.
Since 1998, Greenwood Books has provided Rochester with used fiction and nonfiction in a wide array of genres. Special orders, gift certificates, and book club discounts are all available.
Exciting new children's bookstore on South Avenue! Becoming a community and regional beacon of children's literature and programming!
Postmark Books is a haven for readers, thinkers, and travelers. Featuring an enthusiastically selected treasure trove of today's most interesting reads in a bright and airy space on the Rondout Creek, our space is full of good cheer and a sense that anything is possible (at least while your nose is stuck in that book).
Situated in the heart of downtown Saranac Lake, across from Berkeley Green, The Book Nook provides a rustic year-round environment for discovering your next great read. We carry a wide variety of genre from fiction to manga.
Northshire Bookstore is a full service bookstore staffed by professional booksellers. This award winning Independent Bookseller offers a Frequent-buyers Book Club, Reading Group Leadership, Children & Adult Book-a-Month Selection Service, Author Events Series, and more.
New, fiercely independent community bookstore in Scarsdale, NY, not to be confused with that other bookseller named after some South American river.
Selling online and operating a brick and mortar store since 1996. We specialize in rare art and photography, literature and poetry, posters, prints and music.
Open May - September. Small, independent bookstore featuring new fiction and nonfiction. Special orders are welcome!