Independent Bookstores in Southeast Michigan

Where can you snag new and used books in metro Detroit? Shop one of these independent bookstores.

Forget the Kindle. Put away the iPad. Instead of swiping to the left, try flipping through the pages of an actual book. Yes, it’s easier to select your latest read from a list on some screen, but it’s way more fun to visit a local independent bookstore to browse the aisle and pick up a few novels or even some old magazines. Take the kids, too, for an adventure in the aisles.

Browse our list of independent bookstores in Detroit, Ann Arbor and more.

Big Book Store

  • Address: 5911 Cass Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-831-8511
  • Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, closed Sunday-Tuesday

The Big Book Store is the oldest operating bookstore in the city of Detroit – and is now one of three John K. King bookstores. This location offers a smaller selection, which includes magazines, comic books, fiction and more.


  • Address: 1729 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-369-4345
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday

Ann Arbor residents Peter and Megan Blackshear opened this community bookstore after the closing of Borders – where Peter was an employee. The indie bookshop offers a collection of hand-picked fiction and nonfiction books, along with children’s books, greeting cards, gifts and more.

John K. King Books North

  • Address: 22524 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-548-9050
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Ferndale folks are walking distance from this local gem, which is located right on Woodward Avenue. While it’s smaller than the main location (see below), it’s still packed with fantastic reads for all book lovers.

John K. King Used & Rare Books

  • Address: 901 W. Lafayette St., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-961-0622
  • Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday

Four floors of books to browse – that’s why this is Michigan’s largest used and rare bookshop. Staff is there to assist customers who are looking for specific reads.

Library Bookstore Inc.

  • Address: 169 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
  • Phone: 248-545-4300
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Owner Martha Sempliner bought the bookstore in the ’80s and has been welcoming customers of all ages to the Ferndale spot since then. Find thousands of books here.

Literati Bookstore

  • Address: 124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-585-5567
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday

This independent bookstore, which opened in downtown Ann Arbor in 2013, hosts author readings, book clubs and poetry nights, in addition to offering a wide range of reads to book lovers young and old.

Nicola’s Books

  • Address: 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-662-0600
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Another Ann Arbor gem, Nicola’s Books prides itself in being the “premier independent bookstore” in the city. Here, find books from all genres, plus stop by for a number of events hosted at the bookstore.

Pages Bookshop

  • Address: 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit
  • Phone: 313-473-7342
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday

Metro Detroiter Susan Murphy opened this independent bookstore, which is located in Detroit’s Grandmont Rosedale neighborhood, as a way to encourage children to read. The spot offers loads of books for children, along with reads for adults. Be sure to pet Pip, the bookshop cat, when you visit.

Paper Trail Books 

  • Address: 414 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-677-4628
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily

Find a selection of over 20,000 books for sale at this Oakland County shop.

Source Booksellers

  • Address: 4240 Cass Ave., Suite 105, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-832-1155
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

This nonfiction bookseller, which is located in Midtown Detroit, boasts being a “unique niche of nonfiction books.” Find books, along with products like incense and snacks, here.

The Book Beat

  • Address: 26010 Greenfield Road, Oak Park
  • Phone: 248-968-1190
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Find art, children’s books and other literature at this Oak Park bookstore, which opened in 1982.