Best Bookstore in Boston

2015 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

More than just a bookstore, it’s a monument to the literary life. The orderly stacks have helpful comment cards from the staff, and they’re packed with more than just bestsellers….Read More

2015 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2014 Best Bookstore

Harvard Book Store

Cambridge

Here’s one thing you can’t do on Amazon: Roam the aisles, thumbing through new releases and used books. Also impossible: attending readings and lectures by Elizabeth Warren, Gary Shteyngart, B.J….Read More

2013 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

This was a winner in our 2013 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2013 winners…Read More

2013 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

Despite our devotion to Kindles and iPads, it takes just two minutes at Brookline Booksmith for us to fall in love with the printed word all over again: the scuffed…Read More

2012 Best Bookstore

The Coop

Cambridge

With independent bookstores (and even national chains) falling by the digital wayside, it’s all the more impressive that this classic soldiers on. The four-story Harvard Square behemoth peddles both bestsellers…Read More

2011 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

As it marks its 50th year, this place is still free of the “ism”s (elitism, hipsterism) that characterize too many independent booksellers. Instead, it continues to keep the focus on…Read More

2011 Best Bookstore

Andover Bookstore

Andover

A working fireplace and mismatched, well-worn furniture make the Andover look more like a private library than a retail store. The atmosphere at this 200-year-old spot (the second-oldest bookshop in…Read More

2008 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

At heart, a bookstore’s job is simple: Carry the latest and greatest. The Booksmith does this handily, while rising above Blahs & Noble to stand as a true bibliophile meeting…Read More

2007 Best Bookstore

Harvard Book Store

Cambridge

Sticking it to the corporate chains is most satisfying when you can do so without, you know, sacrificing anything. Seventy-five years after Boston native Mark Kramer opened a bookstore in…Read More

2005 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

It’s not easy for an independent bookstore to weather the perfect storm of Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Amazon.com; more local favorites have closed this year. But this shop takes…Read More

2004 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

Everything from the aroma of newly bound books down to the creaky wooden floor makes Brookline Booksmith a cherished local institution. Its extensive selection ranges from bestsellers to children’s books…Read More

2003 Best Bookstore

Harvard Book Store

Cambridge

The Boston area is blessed with several world-class independent bookstores, all of them vibrant proof that the megachains are soulless vampires, slaves to the mass-market title and the Starbucks outlet….Read More

2002 Best Bookstore

Harvard Book Store

Cambridge

Just can’t find that book you want? They’ll almost certainly have it here. One of the last of Harvard Square’s great independent bookstores, the Harvard Book Store is still run…Read More

2001 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

As megachains and the Internet continue their assault on small retailers, we give thanks to every independent bookshop still out there fighting the good fight. And Brookline Booksmith reminds us…Read More

1999 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith

Brookline

Brookline Booksmith is dedicated to the art of browsing. This cozy store allows book lovers to curl up on the wood floor and thumb through their favorite tomes. Friendly staffers…Read More

1992 Best Bookstore

Waterstone’s Booksellers

Boston

We drove the British out of Boston more than 200 years ago, but they returned last year with this three-story emporium where even best-sellers are discounted…Read More

1991 Best Bookstore

New England Mobile Book Fair

Newton Highlands

Once you get used to the misleading name (it’s stationary), the atmosphere (warehouse style), and the system (books listed by publisher), this is a browser’s haven. Most books are 20…Read More

1990 Best Bookstore

Words Worth

Cambridge

Quite simply the best selection and the best prices in the area…Read More

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