Despite the success of online booksellers, brick and mortar bookstores still have serious pull for avid readers. There’s something alluring about sitting in a bookstore, thumbing through the new, crisp pages of the latest bestseller. And while you get lost in your next favorite book, you can do so while supporting your local bookstore. These 10 Massachusetts bookstores provide all this and more for its customers.
Featuring the latest in best sellers as well as an eclectic mix of hardcover and paperback books, Trident Booksellers & Café has been a Back Bay mainstay since the early 1980s. Enjoy a cup of coffee while you peruse a book or magazine. Stay for a meal. The bookstore also stocks a small list of used books.
You needn’t be enrolled or a faculty member to take advantage of all the Harvard Bookstore has to offer. From the latest bestseller to a used text book, the store even has an ample stash of college-themed gifts and goods.
In addition to hot off the presses books and a collection or old and rare books, The Bookstore features a wide range of in-store events for the community. Check the website for a list of programs, readings, author events, and more.
Check out the latest indie books, as well as the latest bestsellers at the Jabberwocky Bookshop. Their collection of children’s books is extensive. Speak to someone on staff of a book you’ve tried to find, but can’t, and they’ll do your best to hunt it down for you.
If Broadside Bookshop doesn’t carry the book you want in their store, they’ll do everything possible to locate it for you. Their community involvement is heartwarming, and their impressive selection of books will keep you browsing for days.
Even though Grolier Poetry Book Shop (obviously) caters to poetry lovers, their store makes the list for its unique collection of more than 15,000 volumes of poetry. Even better, the store is both owned and run by poets.
As unconventional as a bookstore can get, the Book Bear is located in a warehouse-type atmosphere. It boasts, however, an average of 90,000 rare, used, and out-of-print books.
Housed in an old gristmill in Montague, Massachusetts (Did you even know there was a town in Massachusetts called Montague?), their collection is primarily academic, but the ambience is worth every book lover’s time. A visit to the Lady Killigrew Café while there is a must-do.
Used books from libraries line the shelves at the Library Loft. Housed in the Schoolhouse Commons, you’ll feel like you’re visited an oversized school library from days gone by.
An independent bookstore, Brewster Bookstore also carries a vast array of puzzles, gifts, stationary and greeting cards. Check their website for their latest schedule of author events and community activities.