15 Independent Bookstores in Philadelphia – #fanfun

By Bette Lee Crosby / November 10, 2016


15 Independent Bookstores in Philadelphia – #fanfun

1. Penn Book Center

130 South 34th Street, University City
Wedged next to a Citizens Bank, Penn Book Center. It’s a split-level filled with tidy shelves with titles by local authors displayed prominently. They have a rewards program: $10 credit for every $100 spent.

2. Book Corner

311 North 20th Street, Art Museum
Paperbacks are priced between $1 and $2, and hardcovers ring in at a paltry $3. Operated by the Friends of the Free Library, the secondhand bookstore runs on donations

3. House of Our Own

3920 Spruce Street, University City
Look for the sign and milk crates full of books out front.

4. Head House

619 South 2nd Street, Queen Village
Head House hosts literary events and pulls book lovers from all over the city.

5. The Book Trader

7 North 2nd Street, Old City
A 40 year old book store with lots of books and vintage vinyl.

6. Garland of Letters Bookstore

527 South Street, Queen Village
A new age bookstore with classic religious and spiritual texts.

7. Port Richmond Books

3037 Richmond Street, Port Richmond
Housed in a former silent movie theater, this massive bookstore counts over 200,000 books in its collection.

8. Wellington Square Bookshop

549 Wellington Square, Exton
They have a weekly story time, multiple book clubs, an owner-hosted podcast called The Avid Reader, and a coffee bar.

9. Inkwood

31 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ
Less than a year old, Inkwood is helmed by former environmental attorney Julie Beddingfield and specializes in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s books.

10. Brickbat Books

709 South 4th Street, Queen Village
The collection curated by owner Patrick Richardson Graham lacks mainstream books but offers artist monographs and rare editions.

11. Joseph Fox

1724 Sansom Street, Rittenhouse
Though the selection is carefully curated (ideal for those who feel overwhelmed by too many options), the Joseph Fox employees will special order anything you can’t find in-store, usually ready for pick-up within 72 hours.

12. Baldwin’s Book Barn

856 Lenape Road, West Chester
Stores 300,000 used and rare books? In a five-story 1822 dairy barn that’s so massive it warrants its own map, of course.

13. Farley’s Bookshop

44 South Main Street, New Hope
Farley’s Bookshop has amassed legions of devoted fans thanks to its commitment to all things indie, be it through local-author spotlights or the staggering selection of work by small presses and independent publishers.

14. Mostly Books

529 Bainbridge Street, Queen Village
50,000 books in a 5,000 square foot warehouse. You can swap your books and music for 35 percent their worth in store credit.

15. The Cloak & Dagger

349 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
An independent bookstore that stocks only mystery books.

What is your favorite bookstore where you live?

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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