Independent Bookstores in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to a number of independent bookstores with different specialties:

Center City:
Book Corner
General interest used books for adults and children, sponsored by Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Cook Book Stall at Reading Terminal Market
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The Cook Book Stall in Reading Terminal Market with permission from Jill Ross


Joseph Fox Book Shop
General interest books for adults and children.

Giovanni's Room
LGBT literature and community events

Whodunit Books
Mysteries and general used books.

Germantown:
E.M.P.I.R.E. Books
African-American fiction and non-fiction

Mount Airy:
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
Books for adults and children, with a focus on progressive and multicultural books; community events.

Walk a Crooked Mile Books
General interest books for adults and children, community events.

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Joseph Fox Bookshop with permission from Michael Fox


North Philadelphia:
Black and Nobel
African-American interest
A brief video tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ItPbo4LhsE&feature=relmfu

Port Richmond:
Port Richmond Books
Rare and used books, pulp and sci-fi


Queen Village/ Society Hill/South Street:
The Book Trader
General interest used books; buy, sell, or trade.

Brickbat Books
General interest used books

Head House Books
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Bindestiff Books in West Philly / Photo by Deborah Bishov

General interest books for adults and children.

Wooden Shoe Books
Anarchist and radical literature

West Philadelphia/University City:
Bindlestiff Books
New and discounted books for adults and children, community events

Hakim's Bookstore
General interest books for adults and children, with a focus on books by and about African-Americans and religious titles
A brief video tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R0FHTYEIzU

House of Our Own Bookstore
New and used general interest and scholarly books

Last Word Bookshop
Wide variety of used books; buy, sell, or trade.

Penn Book Center
General interest and scholarly books.
http://www.pennbookcenter.com/


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Page by Deborah Bishov.
Last updated 11/27/12