Audiobooks and eBooks have been the latest trend to sweep the publishing industry. But for some people, paperback books are still the way to go. For those who are loyal brick-and-mortar supporters, check out these five independent bookstores in New Jersey to show some local small business support.
1. Inkwood Books in Haddonfield, New Jersey
The story behind Inkwood Books starts with two sisters, Stefani and Julie Beddingfield, who have a shared love for literature. This is what ultimately led to them both owning and operating their own bookstores. Stefani opened up the original Inkwood Books in 1991 in Tampa, Florida, but when the only bookstore in Haddonfield shut down, Julie decided to follow in her sisters’ footsteps. She then opened up anInkwood Books location in New Jersey in 2015. Today, goers can find a large variety of best sellers ranging from “Normal People” by Sally Rooney to “How to be an Anti-racist” by Ibram X. Kendi.
2. Second Time Books in Mount Laurel, New Jersey
If you want to support an independent bookstore that gives new life to secondhand books, check out Second Time Books in Mount Laurel. Second Time Books specializes in the history and science-fiction/fantasy genres but offers a variety of books in other categories as well. Their Instagram is ideal for checking out their latest features and calling “dibs” on one of their rare finds.
3. The Little Boho Bookshop in Bayonne, New Jersey
Sandra Dear, the founder of, The Little Boho Bookshop, comes from a publishing industry background and has a love for connecting people through books. The Little Boho Bookshop started off with an initial focus on young adult lit and children books. It has now grown to offer best sellers in a variety of genres. Keeping print alive and bringing back the joy of purchasing a new book, The Little Boho Bookshop offers a warm, welcoming environment for everyone who loves to read.
4. [words] Bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey
[words] Bookstore in Maplewood prides itself on being a local hub for booklovers to unite. The bookstore has hired over 100 young people with autism. This is an essential part of their vocational training program, highlighting their dedication to the community. Although its in-person events are canceled for the time being, [words] Bookstore is offering several virtual author events for the month of September.
5. Symposia Community Bookstore in Hoboken, New Jersey
For those looking to beyond the beaten path, Symposia is not one of the average independent bookstores. Symposia Community Bookstore is a nonprofit organization that doubles as a bookstore and a community center. Their resources are available for educational and community purposes. Symposia’s primary goal is to make books as accessible as possible. While also providing for community members to gather and support local initiatives.
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