The 10 Best Bookstores in North Carolina!

No matter if you’re visiting North Carolina or you’re a lifelong resident, it’s always good to know where to find a great book. With so many book lovers, there are plenty of bookstores to spend hours browsing in. Finding a new book or club has never been easier with 10 best bookstores in North Carolina.

1. Main Street Books, Davidson, NC

Main Street Books of Davidson has been open to the public since 1987. Built out of an old general store, the bookstore offers several programs such as but not limited to: The Main Street Readers Book Club, the ReadDavidson, and the Youth and Teen Advisory Board. Events take place such as story time, lunch with various authors and book signings. With a clean store layout and selections of both classics and newer books, there is plenty to browse. 

2. Emerald Isle Books, Emerald Isle, NC

Emerald Isle Books, located in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, opened February 1989. According to the associated Facebook page, Emerald Isle Books is a family owned indie bookstore. Along with books, the 28-year-old establishment provides customers with “toys, puzzles, stationary and games.” Some books for sale are, in fact, written by local North Carolinians.

3. The Next Chapter, New Bern, NC

The Next Chapter of New Bern, North Carolina, is on 320 South Front Street. The store offers shoppers with used hard cover and paperback books and signed copies of books. Bookstore events such as book signings and local art showings occur on location. 

4. The Last Word, Charlotte, NC

The Last Word, a bookstore not limited to books, also offers customers with music, movies, and video games. Owners Elizabeth Pope and her sons Matthew and Marshall Hicks, opened the store in late 2010. According to the website, The Last Word is a popular spot for locals such as musicians, artists, writers, and crafters. Many events: classes, shows, book signings, and open mic nights, have all been held. An open atmosphere, the bookstore offers opportunities to buy, sell and or trade. An array of options and a warm store await your arrival! 

5. Fifth Street Books, Mebane, NC

Fifth Street Books of Mebane, North Carolina, is a bookstore that offers inexpensive options. Popular with educators and parents, bundles are available as well as shipping. In fact, according to Fifth Street Books, they house over 100,000 books. The “99 cent book warehouse” provides bookworms with plenty of reads to choose from. 

6. Edward McKay Used Books, Greensboro, NC

Opened in the 1970s, Edward McKay offers their largest location in Greensboro, North Carolina. Selling books, electronics, movies, music, video games and more, the 10,000-square-foot building has plenty of options to find something you will love. As well as selling gently used items, Edward McKay has an option to sell to them. 

7. Azio Media, Shallotte, NC

Azio Media of Shallotte, North Carolina, sells a bit of everything. From books, comics and magazines, to movie posters, vinyl records, and other collectibles, Azio has something for everyone. 

8. Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

Park Road Books, “Charlotte’s favorite bookstore since 1977,” offers so many books, you will find yourself sticking around for a while. The bookstore is equipped with books to read and events for the public. Author events, and three book clubs: Book Club, Foodie Book Club, and Geek Club, are held rather often. 

9. Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

Flyleaf Books is a bookstore located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that provides book lovers young and old with both new and used books. The beloved bookstore presents story times, a book club, author events, and both online and in-store shopping. They now offer audiobooks for those who rather listen to their reading material.  

10. Circle City Books & Music, Pittsboro, NC

Opened in 2012, Circle City Books & Music of Pittsboro, North Carolina, provides used, rare, and unusual books. The business not only sells, but also buys and trades books, CDS, DVDs, and records. Unlike other bookstores, Circle City has a unique wall that has been painted to show off North Carolina authors. 

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