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BEST Bookstore

2017 BEST Bookstore

Porter Square Books


Can your Kindle feed you while you browse? Porter Square Books does, at its on-site cafթ serving delicious Iggy’s pastries. Does your Kindle help out with the kids? Porter Square Books will, with reading groups for teenagers and preschool story… read more»

2016 BEST Bookstore

Trident Booksellers & Cafe


With a selection ranging from the latest bestsellers to indie up-and-comers, this Newbury Street institution pleases all manner of bookworm. Home to two stories of books, magazines, and quirky gifts, not to mention a full-service restaurant, it’s easy to spend an… read more»

2015 BEST Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith


More than just a bookstore, it’s a monument to the literary life. The orderly stacks have helpful comment cards from the staff, and they’re packed with more than just bestsellers. Get lost in a labyrinthine maze of maps, glasses, cheeky… read more»

2014 BEST Bookstore

Harvard Book Store


Here’s one thing you can’t do on Amazon: Roam the aisles, thumbing through new releases and used books. Also impossible: attending readings and lectures by Elizabeth Warren, Gary Shteyngart, B.J. Novak, and Thomas Piketty (his Harvard Book Store appearance was… read more»

2013 BEST Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith


Despite our devotion to Kindles and iPads, it takes just two minutes at Brookline Booksmith for us to fall in love with the printed word all over again: the scuffed hardwood floors, worn from decades of use; the steady, friendly… read more»

2012 BEST Bookstore

The Coop


With independent bookstores (and even national chains) falling by the digital wayside, it’s all the more impressive that this classic soldiers on. The four-story Harvard Square behemoth peddles both bestsellers and literary classics, as well as arcane treatises on history,… read more»

2011 BEST Bookstore

Andover Bookstore


A working fireplace and mismatched, well-worn furniture make the Andover look more like a private library than a retail store. The atmosphere at this 200-year-old spot (the second-oldest bookshop in the country) is neither modern nor musty—just wonderfully comfortable. The… read more»

2011 BEST Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith


As it marks its 50th year, this place is still free of the “ism”s (elitism, hipsterism) that characterize too many independent booksellers. Instead, it continues to keep the focus on books and the people who love them with its balanced… read more»

2011 BEST Bookstore, West

New England Mobile Book Fair

Newton Highlands

Forgive this book shop for its bizarre name and oddball location. Once you get past the tiny storefront, the Mobile Book Fair stretches through a parking lot and nearly to the horizon: rows upon aisles upon alleys of books. It’s… read more»

2011 BEST Bookstore, Cape Cod

Parnassus Book Service

Yarmouth Port

Owner Ben Muse’s bookshop is 56 years in the making, and it shows. Every spare inch of the space is jammed with books, from bodice rippers to obscure 19th-century naturalist finds. This is not where to go for the latest… read more»