The Best Independent Bookstores in Maine

A quaint bookstore
A quaint bookstore | © Ugur Akdemir / Unsplash
Independent bookstores offer much more than a good book. They are communities where book lovers listen to readings or bond with others over their passion for the written word. These are the best independent bookstores in Maine.

Print: A Bookstore

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Portland’s bookstore Print was started by two Mainers (one of whom is Richard Russo, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist). The store sells a collection of books that include local writers and national bestsellers. Discounts are available for educators and students, and the friendly staff is accommodating.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Kid Friendly

Atmosphere:

Quiet, Local
Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Longfellow Books

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This adored bookstore near Portland’s Monument Square is named after Maine’s own Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The bookstore features many local artists and also hosts poetry and book readings, book clubs, and author Q and As.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Accessible (Blind), Kid Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local, Quiet
Mon - Fri:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Annie’s Book Stop

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Annie’s Book Stop prides itself on being “The Friendliest Book Store on the Coast of Maine.” The huge selection includes a variety of children’s books for all ages, as well as an extensive collection of used books.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local, Quiet
Mon:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sat:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Book Burrow

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This independent bookstore in Kennebunk has a great selection of children’s books, bestsellers, mysteries, and popular fiction. The Book Burrow is a perfect stop before going to the beach. If you’re in need of recommendations, you can always ask the book manager, Barbara, who has decades of experience as a librarian.

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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local
Tue:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sherman’s Books & Stationery

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The oldest bookstore in Maine, Sherman’s Books & Stationery first began as a print shop that opened in 1886. Today, they have six locations, all of which are open daily.

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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local, Quiet
Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Gulf of Maine Books

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Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick first opened its doors in 1979. Bookseller, poet, and progressive Gary Lawless is the owner of the popular bookshop. He is always looking to empower people with poems and songs, and you can bet that he has a book in mind that will be just what you’re looking for.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Kid Friendly, Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local, Quiet
Mon - Sat:
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Nonesuch Books

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Nonesuch Books has two locations in Maine—one in Biddeford and one in South Portland. They always have unique book signings and events going on, so be sure to check in regularly. Plus, whoever said books are cheaper online didn’t know about Nonesuch. Sales and coupons are available for loyal customers who visit their site.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Kid Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local, Quiet
Mon - Sat:
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
These recommendations were updated on August 2, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.