Best Bets: Independent Book Stores in the Triangle
Get intelligent and attentive service from these booksellers.
Digital books are typically inexpensive, convenient and earth-friendly. But does anything ever fully replace the feeling of your fingers fanning through the pages of a book? Folding a corner to remind yourself where you left off? Jotting down a quick note or underlining something you just know you’ll need to remember later–could this be a clue or is it a red herring? Clearly, I’m a fan of physical books and all the sensory joy that comes with them. Luckily for Triangle residents, we have a fantastic group of dedicated, independent booksellers here who can provide personalized service and a quiet corner to check out the cool finds found there.
Here’s our starter list of new and used independent book stores in the Triangle. Some are open for in-person browsing and some are only doing curbside pickup, so double-check before heading out to shop. All are adhering to mask regulations and limits on building capacities.
Dog-Eared Books 4027 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh
Founded on “an equal love of dogs and books,” this woman-owned shop sells all sorts of used books, all for $5 or less each. They also offer programs like monthly subscription boxes, “Book ‘n Buddy,” “Surprise Selections” and more. The storefront is closed for now, but the shop ships orders and offers curbside pickup for locals.
Epilogue: Books Chocolate Brews 109 E Franklin St. Ste. 100, Chapel Hill
New and used books, coffee, tea, chocolate and baked goods all under one roof. In-person shopping is available and indoor and outdoor dining areas are open. Be sure to check out their fun selection of local art.
Flyleaf Books 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill
Books for kids to adults available new and used. Browse the shelves yourself or order online for curbside pickup. Special order anything you’re looking for that they don’t have on hand. Make sure to take advantage of their weekly virtual author visits.
Golden Fig Books 2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham
Golden Fig sells new and used books via in-store shopping and online with curbside pickup. You can even have your books shipped via USPS media mail for $1 each. Check back often as their used book selection varies daily.
Letters Bookshop moving to 116 2. Main St., Durham
To celebrate the shop’s seventh anniversary, they’re moving just a couple of blocks into a new space. So for now, shop online only for their new and used selections.
Page 158 Books 415 S Brooks St., Wake Forest
Selling new books and related giftware this shop also hosts Wake Forest Lit Fest. The shop is open for in-person browsing but also offers curbside pickup. Participate in one of their many virtual author “visits” and meet like-minded readers in virtual book clubs. Wake Forest area residents can take advantage of free delivery for orders over $20.
Purple Crow Books 109 W. King St., Hillsborough
This ‘literary meeting place,” specializing in local authors, carries a wide selection of new and used books. Most local books are autographed. The shop is open for in-person shopping.
Quail Ridge Books 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd., Raleigh
Specializing in southern and children’s literature, QRB is open for in-person shopping or contactless pickup. They’re also offering free USPS shipping via media mail at the time of this publication. Join an online book club or sign up for a Redbud Writing Project workshops to hone your skills.
Read With Me: A Children’s Book & Art Shop 111 E. Hargett St. #110, Raleigh
Specializing in high-quality children’s books and local art, this shop offers a thoughtful and engaging selection of contemporary, diverse, and high-quality books and gifts. They’ve temporarily halted in-person events, but still offer in-person shopping and appointments if you need accommodations. Kids can participate in virtual book clubs to keep engaged in reading.
Rohifwa Book Café 406 S. Driver St., Durham
This black-owned independent book store/café strives to reflect the expansiveness of the black imagination. It’s opening soon, but you can order online now to show your support early.
So & So Books 704 N. Person St., Raleigh
This downtown Raleigh shop offers a thoughtfully curated selection of favorite books of varying genres. Check out their offerings of online book clubs and workshops.
The Regulator Bookshop 720 Ninth St., Durham
Open for online orders with shipping or curbside pickup only for now, The Regulator Bookshop still supports initiatives like the NC Women’s Prison Book Project. Order books, magazines, gifts and even subscription plans from this Triangle iconic shop open since 1976.