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Best Bookstores On The South Shore And In Cape Cod

April 29, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo Credit: Storybook Cove)

(Photo Credit: Storybook Cove)

While the local and independent bookstore business is actively nose-diving all over the country, the South Shore and Cape Cod are holding on to some of the best in the area. These colorful community businesses are managing to stay open, perhaps partially due to the strong communities of the locale or the healthy tourist seasons. Whatever the reason, there are still new and used books sold at mom and pop shops across the region. Whether a shopper is looking for a rare edition for a collection or a new storybook for children, these stores have it or will find it.
(Photo Credit: Brewster Bookstore)

(Photo Credit: Brewster Bookstore)

Brewster Bookstore
2648 Main St.
Brewster, MA 02631
(508) 896-6543
www.brewsterbookstore.com

Brewster Bookstore is perhaps the most well-rounded of South Shore and Cape Cod’s independently owned bookstores. Expect everything that can be purchased in large chain bookstores, such as gifts, stationary, toys, games and, of course, books. However, the real gem of this store is that it plays host to literary events, which is hard to get outside of chains and libraries lately. It also offers storytime for children and has won numerous awards as one of the best in the state.

(Photo Credit: Storybook Cove)

(Photo Credit: Storybook Cove)

Storybook Cove
2053 Washington St.
Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 871-7801
www.storybookcove.com

Storybook Cove is a more than 20-year-old independent business run by Janet Bibeau. It has all of the features of a good bookstore, such as reading time, toys and a special doll boutique. It features a wide array of children’s book, so parents can rely on Storybook Cove for one-stop book shopping. The real highlight of this great local store is what you can get back from it. Frequent book buyers can opt into the “Preferred Customer Program” and earn back the average of each purchase in store credit. That means that they can save as much as they spend at Storybook Cove.

Related: Boston Best Independent Book Stores

(Photo Credit: The Paperback Junction)

(Photo Credit: The Paperback Junction)

The Paperback Junction
669 Washington St.
South Easton, MA 02375
(508) 238-3034
www.thepaperbackjunction.com

The Paperback Junction has been in business for a quarter of a century and currently operates under a mother-daughter team. Today, the business specializes in children’s books and carries a variety of used books. However, ordering in new merchandise for customers’ needs takes more of the staff’s attention than stocking used books. The Paperback Junction carries a wonderful selection of gifts for book lovers as well. The lines it carries include jewelry and stationary. Also be sure to try the tea stocked at The Paperback Junction. The staff takes pride in dealing with local artisans to support arts and business in the community.

(Photo Credit: Titcomb’s Bookshop)

(Photo Credit: Titcomb’s Bookshop)

Titcomb’s Bookshop
432 Route 6A
East Sandwich, MA 02537
(508) 888-2331
www.titcombsbookshop.com

Titcomb’s Bookshop is an independent bookstore on Cape Cod that brings community and appreciation for literature to its guests. The shop is three stories high and contains gifts, games, books, stationary and more. Apart from events like book signings and releases, Titcomb’s Bookshop also has book clubs, including one exclusively for men. Despite having a wide selection of new books, Titcomb’s also provides a number of used books and even collector’s items. Search its online catalogue for rare first editions and autographed copies.

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Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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