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Indie Bookstores in North Carolina

The best list of independent North Carolina bookstores

 

Open daily selling books by the thousands and wines/beers/coffees by the glass. Please visit us at our website.

We have been buying and selling secondhand and rare books in downtown Asheville, North Carolina since 1976. Our stock includes numerous signed books, first editions, and fine leather bindings, as well as a generous collection of quality secondhand material. We buy and sell good books in good condition, with  a specialty in art, poetry, literature, classical studies, religion, regional history, and more.

At 610 Haywood Road you'll find a unique blend of off-beat, underground, and independently published materials. We carry titles by AK Press, PM Press, Chelsea Green Publishing, Feral House, Autonomedia, Pioneers Press, and many others. Additionally, we host a wide range of events, workshops, film screenings, fundraisers and presentations. Our vegan cafe offers an extensive selection of organic and fairly-traded espressos and teas, complimented by delicious snacks made locally.

Our mission is to help raise lifelong readers who are curious, imaginative, and independent thinkers by sharing the magic found when you open a book. In addition to children's books and related items, Spellbound also offers a different kind of shopping experience for families in Western North Carolina. At our store, the "children's section" is the entire store, and we are always available to help connect kids with books they will love.

We sell new books, comics, and action figures. We have over 35,000 books for all ages. Come see our large selection of comics and become a subscriber.

  • City Title Boone
  • Address 1 444 W. King St
  • Phone (828) 386-1219
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Gifts

Foggy Pine Books is a locally owned, independent bookstore located in downtown Boone. We stock new fiction, nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, children, teen, and gifts for your favorite bookworm.

  • City Title Brevard
  • Address 1 277 N. Broad St.
  • Phone 828-884-2424
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Highland Books is going strong after 35 years in Brevard, NC! We feature real books for real people and real kids. And now, we're proud to be a Ten Thousand Villages Alliance Store, featuring Fair Trade crafts in our bookstore.

One of Hatteras Island's most charming shops and its only full-service bookstore.

Bookish is a new and used book store serving Cashiers, NC and the surrounding community. Come on in and find your new favorite book!

  • City Title Chapel Hill
  • Address 1 UNC Student Stores, Daniels Bldg., 207 South Rd.
  • Phone (919) 962-5060
  • Address 1 752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
  • Phone (919) 942-7373
  • City Title Charlotte
  • Address 1 Park Road Shopping Ctr., 4139 Park Rd.
  • Phone (704) 525-9239
  • City Title Davidson
  • Address 1 126 S. Main St.
  • Phone (704) 892-6841
  • Type New books

Main Street Books is an independent bookstore located in the heart of historic Davidson.

  • City Title Duck
  • Address 1 1240 Duck Rd.
  • Phone (252) 261-5510
  • Type New books
  • City Title Durham
  • Address 1 Duke University
  • Phone (919) 684-3986
  • Type New books
  • Address 1 313 W. Main St.
  • Phone (919) 973-2573
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Address 1 720 Ninth St.
  • Phone (919) 286-2700
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Durham's locally owned, independent bookstore since 1976. Selling new and used books of all genres as well as magazines, note cards, gifts, and more!

  • City Title Edenton
  • Address 1 103 E. King St.
  • Phone (252) 482-7323
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • City Title Elizabeth City
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  • Address 1 111 S. Water St.
  • Phone (252) 335-7243
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Educational, Feminist, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
We are an indie bookstore located on the historic waterfront of Elizabeth City NC. We are a full service store, we host authors, poets, music & children's events.
Diana's Bookstore is located in the heart of historic downtown Elkin. We offer books, coffee, toys, gifts, and much more! Stop in and visit us soon!

New Independent Urban Bookstore in Farmville, NC. We strive to give published authors and publishers the opportunity to showcase their literary work and achievements.

  • City Title Franklin
  • Address 1 60 East Main Street
  • Phone (828) 369-7942
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Books Unlimited is an independently owned, local bookstore. We offer a wide selection of new and used books as well as a variety of cards, calendars, and gift items.

Unlimited Books for Kids is an independent children's only bookstore. We cater to children from 0 to 12 years old. This was a department in Books Unlimited which we moved to it's own location. We now have the space to do all the fun things you want to do in a children's store. We hope to provide a much needed service since Indie children's bookstores have become rare. We place special orders and do out-of-print searches to help you find your special children's book, as well as hosting puppet shows, story times, and Mommy-to-Be Registry.

  • City Title Greensboro
  • Address 1 1833 Spring Garden St.
  • Phone (800) 369-9598
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Art

Since 1981 John Neal, Bookseller has supplied calligraphers, lettering artists, illuminators, bookbinders, type and papercra...ft enthusiasts worldwide with books, tools, and materials.

A wide range of used and new books, including fiction, poetry, art, history, religion, reference, games,cooking, natural history and North Carolina subjects. The store hosts readings and signings. Like the Paris store, there is a writer's guest house for visiting authors. We will order any books that are not available in the shop.

  • City Title Kitty Hawk
  • Address 1 3712 N. Croatan Hwy.
  • Phone (252) 255-5590
  • City Title Louisburg
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  • Address 1 103 W. Nash St.
  • Phone (919) 496-6030
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Art, Literary
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea
  • Events Author Signings, Readings
Small cozy shop with full coffee service, excellent selection of books and wireless internet. Local art and pottery for sale. Plenty of space to sit down, meet a friend or make a new one. We'll special-order any book you are looking for. Reasonable prices.
  • City Title Manteo
  • Address 1 105 Sir Walter Raleigh St.
  • Phone (252) 473-1056
  • Type New books
  • City Title Mebane
  • Address 1 102-C W. Clay St.
  • Phone (336) 264-7673
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts

The Red Door sells new & used books as well as art, jewelry, and gifts. Located in historic downtown Mebane.

Located on the Morehead City Waterfront, Dee Gee's is one of the oldest businesses in Carteret County and the oldest continually-operating bookstore in North Carolina. Dee Gee’s Books and Gifts has been a mainstay for locals and tourists alike.

  • City Title Murfreesboro
  • Address 1 301 E. Main St
  • Phone (252) 395-0249
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Artwork

Cultivator: book store, art gallery,and a space for community-building. We feature new and used books, art from local artists, and art related events.

  • City Title Ocracoke Island
  • Address 1 34 School Rd.
  • Phone (252) 928-3936
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest

Nestled among live oaks and cedar trees in a charming historic home built in 1898, Deepwater Pottery & Books to be Red come together as the result of a life long dream. Located on Ocracoke Island.

  • City Title Pittsboro
  • Address 1 2000 Fearington Village Ctr.
  • Phone (919) 542-3030
  • Type New books

Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh's award-winning independent bookstore, specializes in southern & children's lit. We hold many author events for all interests.

  • Image Image
  • Address 1 111 E. Hargett St. #110
  • Type New books
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Artwork

A children’s bookstore, art gallery and workshop in downtown Raleigh. Let’s reconnect through the artistry of children’s books.

An independent book store in the heart of Historic Downtown Salisbury.

  • City Title South Mills
  • Image Image
  • Address 1 143 Culpepper Rd
  • Phone (929) 445-7427
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events Author Signings, Readings

Books provide a ton of Knowledge & Wealth. Visit Riches In Reading for updates on Literary MeetUps, signings, new releases and hard to find out of print titles.

The Country Bookshop is located in historic downtown Southern Pines, North Carolina. We are known for small-town atmospere, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Our mascot, Boomer, was designed by local legend Glen Rounds! Please check out our website for more information.

  • City Title Southport
  • Address 1 4961 Long Beach Rd. SE #11
  • Phone (910) 457-9017
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Books 'n Stuff is the longest continuous running bookstore in Brunswick County, founded in 1987. We sell used books at half price, discounted new books, local interest titles, collectibles books, and more.

  • City Title Sylva
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  • Address 1 3 E Jackson St.
  • Phone (828) 586-9499
  • Type Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Selling new & used books, gifts, journals, maps & more in Sylva, North Carolina since 1984. Our neighbors at City Lights Cafe sell coffee and tea in addition to crepes and other tasty treats. Our normal hours are 9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday, and 10 AM to 3 PM Sunday.

  • City Title Tryon
  • Address 1 86 N Trade St.
  • Phone (828) 859-9304
  • Type New books
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

The Book Shelf has been a fixture in Tryon since 1952. We offer national, local, and regional bestsellers for adults and children, unique cards and gifts for readers, as well as classic toys for children of all ages. Stop in and see us today!

We are a locally owned independent book shop in beautiful Downtown Wake Forest.

Our Iconic Family Owned Bookstore connecting good people with good books since 1982.

  • Address 1 4418 Park Ave.
  • Phone (910) 452-1107
  • Type New books

Two Sisters Bookery is a small independent bookstore with lots of charm and warmth. We have great local and regional titles, unique gifts, and a fun kids department.

New Independent Urban Bookstore in Wilson, NC. Our goal is to give published authors and publishers the opportunity to showcase their literary work and achievements.

  • City Title Winston-Salem
  • Address 1 227 W Fifth St
  • Phone (336) 701-0765
  • Type Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty General Interest

Bright Leaf Books is a new and used bookstore in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. We buy, sell, and trade books.

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