The Best Independent Bookstores in Liverpool

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Freelance Travel & Music Writer28 November 2017

Bookworms, pay attention! Liverpool is packed with some wonderful places to pick up some new reading material, and their selection of independent stores is up there with the best. Read on to discover the best independent bookstores in Liverpool.

News From Nowhere

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Shop Sign | © News from Nowhere
There’s nothing better than picking up a good book and those in Liverpool should look no further than News From Nowhere. Situated on Bold Street, this empowering space is more than just a book shop. It’s a cultural hub, empowering space and the books they stock are all in the hope that they will influence people to make positive changes in their immediate community and wider world. News From Nowhere is also jointly owned and managed by the paid shop workers, and they’re a non-for-profit organisation.

Henry Bohn

For the more spontaneous bookworm, Henry Bohn Books should be right up your street. Forget the Waterstones-style, meticulous A-Z and genre-defining shop sections, this is a real jungle – of paper variety. In the same vein that you never know what you’re going to get in a charity shop, Henry Bohn Books should excite both the most ardent readers and those stepping in to the unknown.


Situated within one of Liverpool’s most striking buildings, the creative hub that is The Bluecoat, is Kernaghan Books. This quaint book store houses literature dating back as far as 400 years, with anything from local history to art on offer.

Inside Kernaghan bookstore, Liverpool | © Kernaghan Books/Facebook

Bluecoat Books

Now almost thirty years strong, Bluecoat Books is one of the most traditional book stores in the city. Their wide range of genres and topics have made them one of the most visited book shops in Liverpool and they even send out over a thousand books each week from their online store. Dive head first in to this store (not literally…) and discover your next favourite piece of literature.

Reid of Liverpool

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Reid of Liverpool book store | © Luke McKernan/Flickr
Situated in a stunning, purpose-built Georgian retail space that’s been standing since approx. 1785, Reid of Liverpool, in a similar way to Henry Bohn, is another one of the city’s book stores which may look chaotic but is packed with charm and character. With thousands of books stacked and placed carefully in just about any space that’ll allow them, this book shop is perfect for the curious. Head here for an impulsive browse without really knowing what you’re looking for, or just ask the incredibly helpful owner, Jerry, and he’ll help you find what you’re after!

Pritchards Bookshop

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Pritchards bookshop in Liverpool
Pritchards bookshop in Liverpool | © Pritchards/Facebook
A real staple of Crosby’s local community, Pritchards Bookshop also holds regular, local author nights where keen readers can get their books signed. They also donate books to local schools, because after all, the children are the future! This book store is a massive benefit to the Crosby community and Liverpool as a whole, so make sure you check it out when you get the chance.

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