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NewPages Guide to
Indie Bookstores in Maine

The best list of independent Maine bookstores


  • City Title Andover
  • Address 1 12 S. Main St.
  • Phone (207) 518-0428
  • Specialty General Interest

Ellis River Books is located in Andover, Maine and offers a wide selection of new and used books.

  • City Title Bangor
  • Address 1 27 Central St.
  • Phone (207) 941-0255
  • Specialty Children's
  • Sidelines Toys/Games

Specializing in children's books from birth through high school, The Briar Patch also carries books on parenting and resources for teachers. Games, crafts, toys, and a wide selection of Playmobil fill the store with something for everyone.

Rare books, original manuscripts, personal author letters, proofs, limited editions, and ephemera.

  • Address 1 10 3rd St.
  • Phone (207) 942-3019
  • Specialty General Interest

Maine's oldest bookstore with six great locations.

A cup of tea, a crisp new book, cozy seating, uncommon treasures. The Mustard Seed is a new kind of bookstore "where your story matters."

  • Address 1 178 Front St.
  • Phone (207) 443-8689
  • Specialty General Interest, Regional

Over 15,000 out of print books for your browsing pleasure. Many unusual titles and hard to find Maine books. Free domestic shipping with all orders.

  • City Title Belfast
  • Address 1 31 Pendleton
  • Phone (207) 930-6325
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Café/Food

Bellabooks is a unique independent book store that offers a wide array of both quality used and new books, as well as antiques. We offer a family membership program with special discounts to our members, and strive to provide all of our customers with a unique and fun experience. Come in and visit us today!

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  • Address 1 109 Church St.
  • Phone (207) 338-9009
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Since 2004, we've been a locally owned store that's devoted to passionate readers everywhere. We're open daily, year-round and are happy to take special orders and mail books to you. We are especially strong in fiction, children's, Maine titles, cooking, history, biography, and belles lettres. Our salon-like environment encourages browsing and we take great pride in hosting dozens of author readings throughout the year. Well-mannered dogs always welcome.

  • City Title Belgrade
  • Address 1 87 Main St.
  • Phone (207) 707-2123
  • Specialty General Interest

Elements offers specialty coffee, quality books, local craft beer, live music and special events!

Nonesuch Books and Cards in an independently owned and operated bookstore in the the Biddeford Shopping Center in Biddeford, Maine.

Rabelais is a bookshop dedicated to the pursuit of good food and drink. From DIY to Fine Cuisine, we're a resource for people interested in improving what they eat. We carry new, out-of-print, and rare books on cooking and food culture.

Open by appointment only. Please call ahead.

Maine's oldest bookstore. Visit our six great locations.

Bridgton Books is an independent bookstore established in 1993 by Justin and Pam Ward. Over 20,000 different new and used book titles.

  • City Title Brunswick
  • Address 1 134 Main St.
  • Phone (207) 729-5083
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Greeting Cards/Postcards

Opened in 1979, Gulf of Maine began as an independent alternative bookstore, and still is. We feature poetry, environmental issues, local and regional writing among a wide range of areas and interests.

  • City Title Bucksport
  • Address 1 71 Main St.
  • Phone (207) 469-8992
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Established in 1997, BookStacks is a terrific little independent bookstore boasting over 5,000 new book titles, more than 1,500 periodicals, and an assortment of greeting cards and gifts. We offer free Wi-Fi 24/7 and pretty good coffee. Open 7 days.

Local coffees, teas, pastries, cakes, and cookies. Local authors. Best sellers and indie picks. Events. Unique magazines. Fiercely indie, truly local.

A carefully curated bookstore specializing in maritime history, showcasing coastal Maine-based writers, offering a thorough selection of environmental history writing. Located in the picture-perfect town of Castine, Maine.

  • City Title Eastport
  • Address 1 28 Washington St
  • Phone (207) 853-0003
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

John Smith Books is the eastern most bookstore in the eastern most city in the USA, Eastport, Maine. We are a small, in home, bookstore, featuring retail, wholesale, and Internet sales. Relaxed atmosphere, drop by, the coffee pot (and tea pot) are on. We specialize in antique, collectible, and fine used books including a small collection of new books.

  • City Title Falmouth
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  • Address 1 251 US Route 1 Ste 8
  • Phone (207) 781-4808
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Toys/Games

A locally owned Book Store in Falmouth. We sell all genres of books, magazines, cards, wrapping, and gifts to inspire! Hosting author events, and open 7 days a week.

  • City Title Farmington
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  • Address 1 193 Broadway
  • Phone (207) 778-3454
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers, Toys/Games

Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers has been Farmington's full service Independent Bookstore since 1991. We live to embody our motto, Knowledge, Selection and Service. Childrens books, Maine Books, and Literature are our specialties, and we host author events.

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  • Address 1 155 Main St.
  • Phone (207) 778-96276
  • Specialty General Interest, Alternative/Political, Art, Children's, Educational, Feminist, LGBT, Literary, Metaphysical/New Age, Mystery, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines Artwork, Café/Food, Coffee/Tea, Gifts

The coziest, giant used bookstore you’ll come across! Come search for your treasure.

  • City Title Fort Kent
  • Address 1 130 W. Main St.
  • Phone (207) 231-0078
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional

A tiny little indie bookshop with a big heart and kaleidoscope of good vibes. Used and new unique editions, best sellers, cookbooks, Maine themes, physical and spiritual health, young adult, first readers, and so much more!

  • City Title Gorham
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  • Address 1 42 Main St.
  • Phone (207) 839-2665
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Literary, Regional
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Toys/Games

The Bookworm has been in business for over thirty years. We have new and used books, greeting cards, and gifts. We support local authors and artisans and welcome special orders.

Mystery Cove Book Shop overlooks the ocean in lovely Hulls Cove Maine, just three miles from downtown Bar Harbor and on the edge of Acadia National Park. We have books in all subjects including books on Maine, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, and Bar Harbor.

A seasonal (June to Labor Day) bookstore serving readers on Islesboro, Maine with books for all ages and all tastes.

Fine Print Booksellers is an independently owned and operated bookstore located at Port Walk in Dock Square, Kennebunkport. We carry current bestsellers, local authors, and fiction. Offering an in-depth knowledge of literary trends, you will never be without a perfect book in Kennebunkport.

  • City Title Norway
  • Address 1 430 Main St.
  • Phone (207) 739-6200
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

Full service bookstore with new books, toys, magazines, greeting cards and more!

  • City Title Oxford
  • Address 1 1545 Main St, Rte 26
  • Phone (207) 743-9300
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's

The Maine Bookhouse was established as a family-owned and operated bookstore in 2002. With over 14,000 titles in stock and ready to ship anywhere in the world, we offer a large, diverse, and eclectic selection of quality, new & gently read books including collectible children's, first editions, signed books, classic literature, the uncommon and more.

  • City Title Portland
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  • Address 1 Northgate Plaza, 91 Auburn St. Ste. K
  • Phone (207) 747-4232
  • Specialty General Interest

We sell new and used books and are open every day! Tuesday is Senior Discount Day. We host regular author events, storytimes, and more.

  • Address 1 1 Monument Way
  • Phone (207) 772-4045
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Magazines/Newspapers

Longfellow Books is a fiercely independent community bookstore located in downtown Portland, Maine. Visit our website to stay up to date on upcoming author events.

A new independent bookstore on Portland's East End.

  • City Title Rockland
  • Address 1 316 Main St.
  • Phone (207) 593-7780
  • Specialty General Interest
  • Sidelines Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

We are an independent bookshop in Rockland, Maine. We carry high quality new and used books, as well as a careful selection of unusual cards, magazines, and merchandise.

The world's smallest bookstore, carrying a complete stock of Pushcart Press titles, as well as hundreds of slightly used classics.

  • City Title Stockton Springs
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  • Address 1 247 US Route 1
  • Phone (207) 567-8111
  • Specialty Art, Regional
  • Sidelines Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Magazines/Newspapers

We are a bookstore for lovers of sailing and the sea. Beautiful ship models and maritime art. While browsing, enjoy a coffee, espresso, or tea. Thousands of books priced below $10 in sixty-four subject categories. Located in mid-coast Maine directly on U.S. Route 1.

The best source for children's books, games, and toys in Central Maine! We are now featuring a growing selection of books for adults. We special order books, too.

  • Address 1 25 Concourse E
  • Phone (207) 877-2484
  • Specialty General Interest

Spend less - read more at RE-BOOKS. Refresh your imagination.

The friendliest book store on the coast of Maine. New and used books for all ages.

A bookstore, bar, coffee shop, and community space in Westbrook, Maine. 

  • City Title Yarmouth
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  • Address 1 355 Main St.
  • Phone (207) 846-8006
  • Specialty General Interest, Children's, Regional
  • Sidelines Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards

Stop in to browse the latest bestsellers, discover a local author, or ask our friendly staff for a suggestion. You will find a delightful children’s section and a unique selection of cards and gifts. We offer free gift wrapping, loyalty rewards, and a 10% discount for all special orders.


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