17 Awesome Indie Bookstores

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Curling up with a good book and a cappuccino in the local Barnes & Noble is lovely, but there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get from visiting a true independent bookstore. Whether the business has become a legend of its own or is still a tiny mom-and-pop shop on Main Street, there’s something about the sights and sounds of an independent bookstore that you won’t find anywhere else. Take a look at the 17 awesome indie bookstores above, and tell us in the comments what other indies you love to visit.

Want to learn more? Check out their websites:

The Book Loft in Columbus, OH
The Tattered Cover in Denver, CO
The Montague Bookmill in Montague, MA
City Lights in San Francisco, CA
Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO
Powell’s Books in Portland, OR
The Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA
River Run Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH
Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ
Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA
The Dusty Bookshelf in Lawrence, KS
Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT
A Reader’s Corner in Louisville, KY
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe in Asheville, NC
The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, CA
The Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, MT
The Strand Bookstore in New York, NY