The 10 Best Bookstores in Indiana!

Nothing can replace the nostalgic feeling of walking into a bookstore. For those of us who still prefer the smell of an old book, the feel of pages turning between our fingers, and the weight of a book in our hand, check out these 10 best bookstores in Indiana!

1. Half Price Books, Indianapolis, IN

The selections are endless here. From fiction to mystery, science fiction, comic books, and rare first editions, it’s easy to get lost in Half Price Books. The price for books are amazing, being half of what one would normally pay somewhere else, and they also buy any used or old books you might have lying around the house. With the money from the books you sell to them, you can use towards the purchase of books or other merchandise in the store. The employees who work here are friendly, courteous, and most helpful. Another perk of this amazing bookstore? You can bring your furry four-legged friends with you (as long as they are on a leash, under control, and well behaved). They will even bring them a bowl of water if your pet gets thirsty.

2. Main Street Books, Lafayette, IN

If you ever find yourself in the historic downtown district of Lafayette, you must stop by Main Street Books. The building itself speaks of old word history, having been built in 1837. From its exposed brick inside and out, to the beautiful tin ceiling tiles, it (and the owners) make you feel welcome from the moment you step inside. Main Street Books also buys used books and gives you in-store credit towards the purchase of new books. Who doesn’t love in-store credit? One thing is for sure though. Once you step inside Main Street Books, you won’t ever want to leave!

3. Black Dog Books, Zionsville, IN

At Black Dog Books, you’ll find a staff that is friendly, reliable, and who go out of their way to find hard to find books for their customers. They carry everything from poetry to music, children’s books, gardening books, dog books, and more! There is something for everyone at Black Dog Books. 

4. The Next Chapter Bookseller & Buffalo Street Emporium, Warsaw, IN

For those who like their bookstores to come with some character, one need look no further than The Next Chapter Bookseller & Buffalo Street Emporium in Warsaw, Indiana. This bookstore is indeed an emporium with its gently used books, from mystery to science fiction and a large selection of children’s books. They also offer games and puzzles. One thing about The Next Chapter that makes it unique and contributes to the name is that the bookstore shares a space with an old-time candy store. Who doesn’t love a little candy while you browse the shelves?

5. The Book Nook at Mounds Mall, Anderson, IN

The Book Nook at Mounds Mall in Anderson, Indiana, is a unique, one of a kind bookstore that you don’t find very often. Run by the Madison County Literacy Coalition, all proceeds are used to provide literacy tutoring to all the adults in the Madison County community, free of charge. All the books offered by the Book Nook were donated by local readers and other community organizations, and offers a wide selection for readers of all ages. They also have a trade-in policy in which individuals can trade in books for new ones or make a donation of at least $2 to use as trade credit. If you enjoy supporting a good cause, come see the friendly staff at The Book Nook!

6. Reading Room Books, Wabash, IN

Books, books, books! The best way to describe the Reading Room Bookstore in Wabash, Indiana, is wall to wall books. When you picture a bookstore in your mind, Reading Room Books is exactly what you would envision. Specializing in rare and used books, every book lover is bound to find something within these walls. Many people come from around the U.S. to visit Reading Room Books because of its warm and inviting atmosphere, not to mention the store owner, a lovely man who knows his way around books. Be sure to stop in and say hello if you ever find yourself in Wabash!

7. White Rabbit Used Books, Muncie, IN

Take a trip down the rabbit hole and visit Wonderland when you visit White Rabbit Used Books in Muncie, Indiana. From the moment you open the door and step inside this small, fairy-tale cottage like building, you will feel as though you have entered another universe, one filled with wall to wall books and as though you never want to leave! The winding staircase adds to the fairy tale feel. From fiction to horror, romance and non-fiction, manga and more, there is something for everyone at the White Rabbit.  

8. BlueMoon Comics Strikes Back, Lafayette, IN

BlueMoon Comics Strikes Back opened in 1991, and underwent a series of changes before being renamed BlueMoon Comics Strikes Back. The current owners, Joe Fickle and Geoff Perry, were long time customers of BlueMoon before purchasing the store together. Their mission: to make it Lafayette’s best selection of comics and Lafayette’s favorite comic book store. Even if comic books are not your preferred reading, we highly encourage you to check out BlueMoon just the same. The owners are warm and welcoming, the atmosphere inviting and casual. The goal of BlueMoon is to make you feel like a friend, not just another customer.

9. Aw Yeah Comics, Muncie, IN

Aw, yeah! This comic book store in Muncie, Indiana, is the place to be for all the comic book lovers out there. And if you happen to be a fan of the furry four-legged variety, feel free to bring your furry friends along too! That’s right. Aw Yeah Comics is a pet friendly establishment, welcoming dogs who are well behaved and under control. From “The Avengers” to “Aquaman,” and “Batman” to “Doctor Strange,” Aw Yeah Comics has something for everyone. Be sure to check their events calendar so as not to miss some of your favorite comic creators, such as Cullen Bunn and Trevor Mueller!

10. Comics Cubed, Kokomo, IN

Being the only comic book store in Kokomo, it’s easy to see why it is a hometown favorite. Located on East Sycamore, this comic book store is in the heart of downtown Kokomo. The owner, a generous and lovely individual by the name of Shawn, as well as his staff, make it their mission to treat every customer as a friend and provide outstanding service. New to the comic world? No need to worry. The friendly staff here will walk you through the many selections of comic books, games, and more! From new releases to back issues, trade ins and more, there are so many to choose from! Try not to get lost! 

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