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Ultimate Guide to Buffalo & WNY’s Indie Bookstores

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Written by Emily Malkowski

Published on November 15, 2022
local independent bookstores: Talking Leaves
Buffalo Books / Photo Courtesy of Talking Leaves Bookstore

Any self-proclaimed book-lover will agree: there’s something truly special about cracking open a brand new physical book. I mean, really, does the “new book smell” ever get old? In an age of e-readers and audiobooks, it’s easy to forget about just how magical this experience can be; lucky for Western New Yorkers, we have a pretty impressive array of independent bookstores to help remind us. 

Regardless of your preferred method of consuming stories and information, we highly recommend supporting the local book shops in Buffalo that keep our community reading. Who knows, maybe you’ll even stumble upon your new favorite book! Grab a coffee and a friend (or don’t, if solo reading is your jam) and hit up the spots in our bookworm-approved guide below:

Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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Shops/Retail

Alice, Ever After Books

295 Parkside Ave Buffalo, New York 14214

North Buffalo

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store
  • Gifts

Alice, Ever After Books, a woman-owned business, is a place to celebrate children’s literature by providing a curated collection of diverse, high quality

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Shops/Retail

Author’s Note

519 Main St, Medina, NY 14103

Other

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store

Independent bookstore located in historic downtown Medina, NY. Open for in-store and online shopping!

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Shops/Retail

Book Corner

1801 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Niagara County

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store

Three floors of new & used books, two cats. The oldest and largest used book store in Western New York!

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Shops/Retail

Bookmarks and Breadsticks

Buffalo, NY

Other

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store
  • Online Shop

Calling all self-proclaimed bookworms and gourmet-loving foodies: Read It and Eat is the subscription box of your dreams. Read It and Eat boxes are sent

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Shops/Retail

Burning Books

420 Connecticut St Buffalo, New York 14213

Buffalo

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store
  • West Side Shop

Radical, independent bookstore in Buffalo, NY. Books and events on activism and politics. Great selection of radical kids and young adult books too!

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Shops/Retail

Dog Ears Bookstore & Cafe

688 Abbott Rd South Buffalo, New York 14220

South Buffalo

  • Shops/Retail
  • Restaurant / Bar
  • Book Store

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Fitz Books & Waffles

431 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Buffalo

  • Shops/Retail
  • Restaurant / Bar
  • Book Store

FITZ sells good books, new and used.  We are drawn to books that reveal hidden histories and motivate us to be agents of change.  We believe that a reading

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Shops/Retail

Gutter Pop Comics

1421 Hertel Ave Gutter Pop Comics Buffalo, NY 14216

North Buffalo

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store

Gutter Pop Comics is your one-stop location for comics, graphic novels, kids books of all price points and vintage.

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Shops/Retail

Monkey See…Monkey Do Children’s Bookstore

9060 Main Street Clarence, NY 14031

North Towns

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store

Our mission is to foster a love of reading, spark curiosity and imagination, encourage independent thinking, and promote healthy, active lifestyles for

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Shops/Retail

Rustbelt Books

415 Grant St. Buffalo, New York 14213

Buffalo

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store
  • West Side Shop

At Rust Belt Books, we're committed to offering quality products, unparalleled service and the most competitive prices in town. Great service begins with

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Shops/Retail

Talking Leaves Bookstore

951 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222

Buffalo

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store

We are an independent and idiosyncratic book store located in Buffalo, NY.

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Shops/Retail

The Bookworm & BW Gifts

34 Elm St East Aurora, New York 14052

South Towns

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store
  • Curbside Pickup

The Bookworm is an independently owned bookstore and gift shop located in the heart of East Aurora since 1986.

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Shops/Retail

Turn the Page Used Books

79 Main St. Hamburg, New York 14075

South Towns

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store
  • Hamburg Shop

Turn the Page is a local, family operated used bookstore in the heart of the village of Hamburg.

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Shops/Retail

Zawadi Books

1382 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14208

Buffalo

  • Shops/Retail
  • Book Store

Zawadi Books is a bookstore that specializes in books and materials that are by and about people of African descent. Our store holds author readings, book

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Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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Include name of business / organization / addition, website, and address if possible.
Are you directly affiliated with this businesses? (Owner, Manager, Staff etc.) *
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This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.

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Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/emilymalowski/" target="_self">Emily Malkowski</a>

Written by Emily Malkowski

Based in Buffalo, Emily is a marketing professional by day, and a freelance writer by night. She is passionate about uncovering unique stories, and dreams of cross-country road trips, endless sunshine, and adopting multiple dogs.

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