6 independent bookstores around Indianapolis
Barnes & Noble is enjoying a renaissance as people return to physical stores to buy hard copies of books. But that's far from the only brick-and-mortar option in town.
State of play: Central Indiana has a strong independent scene for book lovers. Here are six shops worth checking out within driving distance of Indianapolis.
What you'll find: Mostly used books located in a new Fountain Square location (and former library) dedicated to community events and literacy.
Location: 1066 Virginia Ave.
Irvington Vinyl and Books
What you'll find: New and mostly used books (plus records, as the name suggests) in a store off the beaten path in Irvington. The store, and its contents, place an emphasis on social justice.
Location: 202 S. Audubon Road.
What you'll find: New books curated to focus on stories "about ourselves and the world around us."
Location: 882 Massachusetts Ave.
Turn the Page
What you'll find: New books, from best-sellers to fun finds, in an old house near downtown Westfield.
Of note: Turn the Page has a popular subscription box.
Location: 149 N. Walnut St., Westfield.
Wild Geese Bookshop
What you'll find: A small, yet perfectly curated, collection of new books in a house-turned-bookstore nestled in one of Indiana's must-see downtowns.
Of note: Wild Geese holds frequent events with authors, including an upcoming Summer Camp for Grown-Ups series with Katherine Center (author of "Hello Stranger") and David Bell ("Try Not to Breathe").
Location: 40 E. Madison St., Franklin.
Chapter 2 Books
What you'll find: Used books, comfy places to sit and a place for kids to play spread across a well designed store that's worth a stop if you happen to be well north of Indianapolis.
Location: 107 E. Sycamore St., Kokomo.
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