Best Independent Bookstores In Cleveland

February 29, 2016 8:00 AM

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March 2 is National Read Across America Day, and you can’t read if you don’t have a great book. Luckily, Cleveland has a wealth of great bookstores worthy of a visit. Here are five that should cover just about any interest you have. From children’s books to fanzines to rare anthologies, you’ll likely find something to your liking. Happy reading.
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The Book Store and Handmade Marketplace (Photo Credit: Doug Bardwell)


The Book Store And Handmade Marketplace
50 Front St.
Berea, OH 44017
(440) 973-7272
www.thebookstoreinberea.com

Newest and smallest in this compendium, The Book Store in Berea has just been open since summer 2015. In that time however, they’ve filled a need in the southwest suburbs for a socially conscious, independent book store. In addition to the latest best sellers, they have a wonderful children’s selection of books as well as a play area. Located at the edge of Baldwin Wallace’s campus, they offer a great rental program for textbooks, with savings up to 90 percent. If you have a gift need, they can certainly fill that as well with a beautiful selection of local artisan’s candies, wearable art, soaps, art and photographic prints, greeting cards and pet supplies.

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Horizontal Books (Photo Credit: Doug Bardwell)


Horizontal Books
1921 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 298-4411
www.horizontalbooks.com

If you don’t need the day’s top titles, but you do like to save money, seven-year old Horizontal Books is a must see. This quite large store is located just west of the West Side Market in the Gordon Square district. It’s ideal to browse, as most books are arranged standing up on the shelves with the front of each book facing the customer, not the spines. With a 50 percent discount on all books, going up to 75 percent off if you buy three or more, don’t hesitate — these books don’t last long. These aren’t worn, used titles either…all books are brand new.

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Fireside Book Shop (Photo Credit: Doug Bardwell)


Fireside Book Shop
29 N. Franklin St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
(440) 247-4050
www.firesidebookshop.com

Chagrin Falls is a great place to relax, watch the river and read a great book. Just in case you come to the river unbooked, the Fireside Book Shop will easily solve your problem. With all the best sellers, great travel books, unique gift items, journals and an amazing selection of children’s books, you’re almost assured of finding something you’ll love. If not, they pride themselves on their one to two-day availability of another half-million titles. And if that doesn’t do it, they love the challenge of doing out-of-print searches.

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Learned Owl Bookstore (Photo Credit: Doug Bardwell)


Learned Owl Bookstore
204 N. Main St.
Hudson, OH 44236
(330) 653-2252
www.learnedowl.com

Hudson is another shopping destination, growing in popularity. Part of your visit to Hudson needs to include the Learned Owl Bookstore with its three floors of titles. Covering everything from children’s to top sellers, chances are you can find it here. They also feature numerous author and reading events in this comfortable, cozy store. Children will appreciate appearances by their favorite “characters” as well. Past visitors have included the Berestain Bears, Clifford, Curious George and the inimitable Cat in the Hat.

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Mac’s Backs Books
1820 Coventry Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 321-2665
www.macsbacks.com

Located in the Coventry neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland, Mac’s is right next door to the popular Tommy’s restaurant. In fact, the wall is open in between, so you are just one step away from a coffee and a comfortable booth to read your book from Mac’s. Specializing in both new and gently-used books, they have a huge selection of paperbacks on the second floor arranged alphabetically by author. The basement holds more treasures, so be sure to check out all three floors. You can check their calendar online for book signings, author talks, book club meetings as well as readings and writing workshops.

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Doug Bardwell is a freelance writer, traveling the globe in search of unique experiences to share with his readers. He writes about travel, tech and the active life from his base in Cleveland, Ohio. Doug’s work can be found on Examiner.com