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jan 15, 2007, 6:06pm

I thought I'd start this topic to see how many wonderful bookstores are in this otherwise lack luster state. My personal favorite is Hyde Bros. in Fort Wayne. Anybody else?

jan 17, 2007, 9:57pm

I love Howard's in Bloomington. Of course, I might be biased, since I've been going there since birth. But they have such sweet kitties!

jan 19, 2007, 12:49am

Von's in Lafayette.
And it's not a bookstore, but there's a thrift shop on 231 and 14 in Jasper county (south of DeMotte) called Jasper Junction- and they do have some very interesting books and good prices. They have a good sized book section in the main building and also a number of books out back in the furniture building.

mar 6, 2007, 11:15am

I've been to Howard's and Hyde Brothers both, but not Von's. I think Indiana needs a great independent bookstore somewhere in the state. It is discouraging. Even though I probably shop more at the chains locally (Borders, BN) -- even so, I find that they cater more to popular titles and have thin selections especially in non-fiction. My favorite bookstore in the midwest is Schuler's in Grand Rapids. But then I lived near Powell's in Portland for years and also in Seattle that's living in book buyer paradise.

mar 28, 2007, 5:59pm

I miss, miss, miss the Tattered Cover in Denver...What a FANTASTIC independent bookstore. I'm definitely going to check out the ones in Bloomington...Typically, there SHOULD be some close to university.

It is my dream to own a small independent bookstore in my neighborhood, Mapleton-Fall Creek in Indianapolis. Until then, I'll keep buying my books from Amazon, Half Priced Books and Goodwill!

jul 20, 2007, 7:59pm

Is Von's not independent? I thought it was. I love it.
They have both new and used, and I was sure they were privately owned, not a corporation.

Also there's Earl Street Books in Lafayette- used books. Great fun.

nov 19, 2007, 1:55am

Red Hat Books in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis...

nov 19, 2007, 3:32am

I'm going to be in Columbus, Indiana over the holiday weekend. Can anyone recommend any good shops in that area of the state?

I'm from out-of-state, but I'll have a car and will travel (within reason).


9iubookgirl Første besked:
Redigeret: feb 3, 2008, 7:01pm

It's actually Big Hat Books in Broad Ripple (Indianapolis). The owner is a New York transplant who is married to an English professor at Butler University. It's a great store, and she is very knowledgable!!

apr 11, 2008, 7:17pm

Here is a link to the Friend's of Indiana Libraries booksale calendar for 2008.

apr 23, 2008, 10:37pm

darkeyes3302, Thank you for the Friend's of Indiana
Libraries Calendar link. The St. Joeseph County sale is a good one. It will be nice to know of others.

maj 10, 2008, 1:40pm

Right. Big Hat Books. I got the name wrong...

jul 11, 2008, 9:05pm

My favorite bookstore is The Mystery Company in Carmel, just north of Indy. I love the monthly book discussion group, and all the author events. Jim Huang, the owner, also does a weekend reading marathon in late spring in support of Indy Reads, a literacy program. It's great fun with people reading from a variety of books, all night long. I always read a Dr Seuss story and some poetry besides an excerpt from a mystery.

If you are in the area and like mysteries, it's a great independent bookstore.

maj 7, 2009, 2:59pm

Does Buck Creek Books still exist on Main Street? It was used books that I used to visit when I went back to Lafayette but I haven't been there in a few years.

maj 7, 2009, 5:41pm

melsbks, do you mean main street in Carmel? If so I don't remember noticing it.

maj 9, 2009, 12:07am

Sorry, I left out the town because I stuck the msg in after the Lafayette posting. It didn't make mach sense when the msg dropped to the bottom, which I should have realized it would.

No, Buck Creek Books was in Lafayette. Wnated to know if it was still there. Thanks.

feb 6, 2010, 9:34pm

I like the new Half Price Book store in Fort Wayne. It has been open about a year. We travel from Elkhart to go to it.

feb 9, 2010, 5:05pm

It is so sad that The Mystery Company in Carmel is closing. Another victim of the economy and mega bookstores online and off.

Support your local indie bookstore!!!

feb 10, 2010, 9:58pm

I'm sorry that I found out about the store to late.
Living in Elkhart it was a pretty good trip to Carmel.

aug 13, 2010, 10:23am

Just discovered this group!

My favorite used bookstore is Mason's in Lebanon. It's right on the square on SR 39 just west of the Courthouse. Good stuff.

When I go on a used "binge" I start there, hit the two Indy Half-priced Books (Castleton & 86th St between Michigan & Meridian) and finish at the Books-A-Million further west on 86th (they don't have that much used but it's on the way).

I've been to Big Hat Books - pretty cool but when I was there they have all new books and not a lot in Medieval History which is my interest.

mar 14, 2011, 12:35am

Aw, otherwise lackluster? You need to do some more research.
John Dillinger museum, southern Indiana railtrails- but anyway...
I like Boxcar Books, in Bloomington, Erasmus in South Bend, the Griffin in South Bend (more of a game shop, still has good stuff though), and the Mystery Company in Indianapolis.

apr 23, 2011, 7:44pm

I love the kitties at Howard's, but I find their selection to be a little lacking.

My absolute favorite bookstore in Bloomington is Boxcar Books. Their selection of popular books is only decent, but they have an incredibly expansive collection of books on liberal and radical culture--veganism, women's studies and queer studies, sexuality, alternative religion, etc.--and they are one of the few places I know of which carry zines.

apr 29, 2012, 1:28pm

I love Boxcar Books for idiosyncratic books, and for older books Caveat Emptor in Bloomington. My favorite chain in Indy is Half Price Books. I always find the best treasures there...I have been known to "binge" there also, hitting everyone in town on a good day.

maj 2, 2013, 6:22pm

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