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Independent Bookstores in South Carolina

NewPages.com guide to the best South Carolina indie bookstores

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  • McDowell's Emporium
  • 104 Oak Drive
  • City: Anderson
  • Phone: (864) 231-8896
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Crime/Mystery, Literary, Regional, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy
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McDowell’s Emporium is a used bookstore carrying a small selection of new books located in a little old house off North Main Street in Anderson, South Carolina. Our inventory includes most major categories with large selections of Literature/Fiction, Children’s, Religion, Mysteries/Thrillers, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, and regional books.

The Beaufort Bookstore

  • The Beaufort Bookstore
  • 2127 Boundary St.
  • City: Beaufort
  • Phone: (843) 525-1066
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's, Crime/Mystery, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Greeting Cards/Postcards, Newspapers
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We are Beaufort, South Carolina’s biggest full-spectrum bookstore. Voted Best Bookstore for 10 years, our inventory of over 10,000 titles includes books for children, juveniles, and young adults as well as all adult genres in both paper and hardback. We also offer Military, Best Seller, Book Club and Rapid Reader discounts.

  • Nevermore Books
  • 910 Port Republic St.
  • City: Beaufort
  • Phone: (843) 812-9460
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: Art, Children's, Literary, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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NeverMore Books specializes in rare, hard to find, and unusual used books in excellent condition. We offer many new books for adults and children in all genres. There are vintage vinyl records and vintage posters for sale also.

  • Bound To Read
  • 316 City Square
  • City: Belton
  • Suburb of: Anderson, Greenville
  • Phone: (864) 860-1177
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Alternative/Political, Crime/Mystery, Feminist, LGBTQ+
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Stationery
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings, Storytime
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Bound To Read, in Belton, South Carolina, is an independent bookstore and community hub.

  • The Storybook Shoppe
  • Tanger 2 - A190 - 1414 Fording Island Rd
  • City: Bluffton
  • Phone: (843) 929-1002
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: Children's
  • Sidelines: Newspapers
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The Storybook Shoppe is a children’s bookstore located in historic Bluffton, SC. The first bookstore dedicated soley to children in the Low Country, the shop has only the very best books available for your child.

Books on Broad

  • Books on Broad
  • 944 Broad St.
  • City: Camden
  • Phone: (803) 713-7323
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea
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Books on Broad, an independent bookstore and coffee shop selling new, used, and collectible books. Visit us at our downtown location or on our website where over 5 million book and ebook titles are available for worldwide delivery or local pickup.

The Bee’s Knees Toys & Books, located in Central, South Carolina, is proudly owned by two moms who are constantly inspired and frequently exhausted by their children. Our passion is well made toys and exquisite books made from sustainable materials with a minimum amount of damage to the environment.

  • Coffee Shelf
  • 130 Amicks Ferry Rd.
  • City: Chapin
  • Phone: (803) 932-2660
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Café/Food, Coffee/Tea
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Blue Bicycle Books

Buxton Books

Buxton Books is Charleston’s independent bookstore, specializing in author events and book-inspired walking tours. Come see us downtown!

All Good Books is not your average bookstore – we’re a community hub where you can sip on your drink, munch on a delicious treat, and dive into captivating stories, all under one roof.

  • Odd Bird Books
  • 1332 Main St.
  • City: Columbia
  • Phone: (803) 764-1749
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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Queer Haven Books
  • Queer Haven Books
  • 1332 Main Street, Unit 120
  • City: Columbia
  • Phone: (803) 500-9543
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: BIPOC, Feminist, LGBTQ+
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Curiosities, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings, Storytime
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Queer Haven Books is South Carolina’s only independent, queer bookstore. We sell books, games, and gifts.

Discover literary treasures at Our Next Chapter Bookstore, an independent located in Conway, South Carolina.

Poor Richard's Booksellers

For thirty years, Poor Richard’s has been serving Easley in a historic building which housed the county’s first public library. We’re located on Main Street, with additional parking behind the store in Old Market Square.

  • Edisto Island Bookstore
  • 547 Hwy SC-174
  • City: Edisto Island
  • Phone: (843) 869-1885
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books, Rare books, Out-of-print books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Gifts, Puzzles, Stationery, Toys/Games
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs
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New and used books, greeting/note cards, small gifts, local products, and nautical charts and coastal maps.

Turning Page Bookshop
  • Turning Page Bookshop
  • 604 St. James Avenue
  • City: Goose Creek
  • Suburb of: Charleston
  • Phone: (843) 640-3164
  • Type: New books, Used books,
  • Specialty: General Interest, African American, Children's, Crime/Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy, YA
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Coffee/Tea, Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Puzzles, Toys/Games
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings
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Turning Page Bookshop is an independently owned bookstore located in Goose Creek, S.C.  It is the only African American Own bookstore in the state of South Carolina.  Our mission is to revive, sustain, build, stabilize and further increase our level of business; to identify and gather a larger customer base, to gauge our customers’ interests in books and reading, and seek to influence and possibly expand our customers’ tastes and preferences in literature. Suburb of Charleston, S.C.

Fiction Addiction

We are an independent bookstore located in Greenville, SC. We carry new and used books as well as gift items. We specialize in fiction but also carry nonfiction and can special-order anything that is in print. We also host author events, storytimes, and more.

M. Judson Books

M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers A Modern Literary Hub in Downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

The Village Bookseller

  • The Village Bookseller
  • 761 Coleman Blvd.
  • City: Mount Pleasant
  • Phone: (843) 654-9449
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Educational, Literary
  • Sidelines: Coffee/Tea, Greeting Cards/Postcards, Puzzles, Stationery, Toys/Games
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings, Storytime
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Our mission is to provide a local gathering place for book lovers of all ages. You will find a well-curated selection of literary and popular fiction, non-fiction, young adult, and children’s books, as well as gifts and curiosities for the bookish enthusiast.

A Family Owned New and Used Bookshop in Myrtle Beach, SC

Itinerant Literate Books opened in 2015 as a mobile and pop-up bookstore and in 2018 opened the flagship bricks-and-mortar Bookstop in Park Circle. Our name is reflective of our mission: we believe stories are powerful vehicles for growth and that access to knowledge should not be limited by zip code or district.

Beach Books & Video is a used bookstore featuring a fine collection of fiction and nonfiction titles serving the North Myrtle Beach and surrounding communities.

  • Bookends
  • 753 Main St.
  • City: North Myrtle Beach
  • Phone: (843) 280-2444
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest
  • Sidelines: Gifts, Greeting Cards/Postcards
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Located in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, we are proud to feature a large variety of new and gently used books. Bookends is also your destination for specialty gifts for readers, with items like the “Hardbacker” book cover, bookmarks, greeting cards, and more! Perfect gifts for children can be found at Bookends. We are now carrying Suzanne Tate’s popular nature series featuring characters like Salty Seagull, Pearlie Oyster, and Sammy the Shrimp. Stop in and see us!

  • My Sister's Books
  • 13057 Ocean Hwy, Unit C
  • City: Pawleys Island
  • Phone: (843) 235-9618
  • Type: Primarily used with some new books
  • Specialty: General Interest
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My Sister’s Books houses more than 43,000 titles in a variety of categories: romance, mystery, classics, children’s books, biographies and other non-fiction. If you’re looking for works by local and regional authors, you’ll find a great selection of those as well. At My Sister’s Books, you can purchase or trade your gently-read paperbacks and audio books for the next title on your list. Our staff prides themselves on being able to make recommendations, seek out hard-to-find titles, and suggest other authors based on your preferred genre.

A full restaurant, wine bar and bookstore featuring a variety of new books from a wide range of publishers. Come hungry and buy a book, some great merchandise or join us for one of our events or live music for a fun evening with friends and enjoy a glass of wine or beer and a meal.

Rock Hill’s Best New and Used Bookstore! We share a parking lot with WingBonz off of Oakland Avenue.

Independent bookshop located in Historic Downtown Seneca.

Hub City Bookshop

A nonprofit organization in Spartanburg, SC, that cultivates readers and nurtures writers through its independent press, community bookstore, and diverse literary programming.

Main Street Reads

  • Main Street Reads
  • 115 S. Main St.
  • City: Summerville
  • Phone: (843) 875-5171
  • Type: New books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Children's, Metaphysical/New Age, Regional, Science Fiction/Fantasy, YA
  • Sidelines: Artwork, Calendars, Gifts
  • Events: Author Signings, Book Clubs, Readings, Storytime
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Award-winning indie bookstore across from Hutchinson Square in the heart of historic downtown Summerville, SC. Readers can shop in-store or online, join one of our book clubs or check out upcoming events, including author talks and signings, weekly writers group, weekly Stories on the Square storytime. Besides general fiction and non-fiction, we feature genre, children’s and lowcountry rooms, plus a wonderful Wisdom section for religion, philosophy, new age and self-help titles.

  • As the Page Turns
  • 32 S. Main St.
  • City: Travelers Rest
  • Phone: (864) 834-8100
  • Type: Primarily new with some used books
  • Specialty: General Interest, Educational, Regional
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As the Page Turns is proud to be Upstate South Carolina’s largest independent bookstore. Our inventory includes new books, bestsellers, used books, books by regional authors, favorite book club titles, books on school reading lists, and lots of teacher materials. We have a generous trade-in policy, offer discounts on new books, and are happy to special order any book you may need. Stop in today or contact us for more information!

Ed's Editions

Ed’s Editions has over 35,000 books spanning all subjects and genres. Our stock includes but is not exclusive to rare and collectible books.