These cool indie bookstores are replacing giant, soulless chains

Big bookstores are on the decline in New York City. In the past decade, chains like Borders have been wiped out, and Barnes & Noble has lost four stores in the city since 2014.

But at the same time, book lovers are setting up their own shops. Instead of sterile mega stores with a Starbucks tucked inside, these new haunts have personality.

“The cool thing about indie bookstores is that they each have a different feel,” says Colleen Callery, marketing manager at Brooklyn’s Books Are Magic.

No need to turn the page to see what’s out there.

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