Whether you enjoy reading the newest bestsellers, comic books, or old classics, Grand Rapids has a bookstore for you. Bookstores are all over Grand Rapids, so no matter where you’re staying, a local, independent bookshop is likely right around the corner. 

Since people have different needs when it comes to bookstores, we will take a look at four different categories: Stores that focus on new, used, nontraditional, and Christian books.

Regardless of your reading preference or favorite subject, you can find the perfect bookstore for you in Grand Rapids.

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New Books

Schuler Books

Address: 2660 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI 49512
Hours: Monday to Thursday: 9 AM-9 PM; Friday to Saturday: 9 AM-10 PM; Sunday: 10 AM-7 PM

The first thing you notice when walking into Schuler Books is its size. “The size and selection are much larger than most independent bookstores,” says Alana Haley, Schuler Books marketing coordinator, “but it is still very much a small local business.” 

Schuler Books specializes in new books, but they also have a small section of used books, as well as self-published books by local authors at the in-store Chapbook Press Machine. 

Schuler Books offers more than just books; the bookstore also sells gifts, calendars, journals, toys, stuffed animals, games for every age and ability, music, movies, magazines and more. 

Schuler Books has a busy calendar of events and meetings that include local author nights and children’s story times. It also has a community space that hosts Scrabble, Bridge, and Mahjong, and offers a study space for students after school. More information about specific events can be found on their website.

While visiting Schuler Books, be sure to stop into The Chapbook Cafe, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fiercely independent, consciously curated, and proudly progressive.

Books & Mortar

Address: 955 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 AM-6 PM; Saturday: 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday: 10 AM-3 PM.

“Fiercely independent, consciously curated and proudly progressive,” is how owner Jenny Kinne describes her bookstore. Books & Mortar has something for everyone, offering nonfiction, fiction, young adult, and children’s books. It also sells stationery, journals, art supplies, calendars, and an assortment of fun gifts. 

Books & Mortar is located in a beautiful, historic building in the Uptown neighborhood. It holds book clubs, author signings, activist group meetings, and other community events, and offers meeting space for groups in need. 

Epilogue Books

Address: 10 E Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 AM-6 PM; Sunday: Closed

If you find yourself north of Grand Rapids, stop into Epilogue Books in Rockford

The area’s newest bookstore offers all genres of books, with one particularly popular section: “Our regional section has done tremendously well,” owner Pat Burkholder says. “We have a variety of nature books, sports teams, history, outdoor, and travel books.” 

At Epilogue Books you can also find unique gifts created by local artists, along with coloring books, puzzles, games, journals, coffee mugs, and more. 

Events at Epilogue include a weekly children’s story time and a monthly book club led by Garrett Stack, an English professor at Ferris State University

Even if you’re not book shopping, stop in for a coffee drink made with locally roasted Ferris Coffee, along with snacks and chocolates. Or just drop in to say, “hello,” to Tommy the golden retriever, who can often be found lounging around the bookstore.

You can browse used books at several stores throughout Grand Rapids.

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Used Books

Argos Book Shop

Address: 1405 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 AM-6 PM; Sunday: 12 PM-3 PM

You can go to Argos Book Shop if you’re looking for used books, but to simply call Argos a bookstore would be a disservice; Argos is the oldest comic book store in Grand Rapids, and it also sells used vinyl, DVDs, CDs, VHS, and magazines.

Argos Book Shop offers everyday discounts of 10 percent off all books for students and teachers, as well as 10 percent off the list price of all new comics for everyone. Argos also takes holds for comics so you get what you want the day it comes out. 

Book Corral

Address: 2460 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 AM-5 PM; Saturday: 10 AM-3 PM; Sunday: Closed

Located in the North Quarter neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Book Corral can be summed up in three important descriptors: all fiction, all paperback, all used. It’s that simple. 

Small but mighty, and in business since the ‘70s, Book Corral carries thousands of books, all for about half of the original price.

Redux Books offers stacks of used books in many genres, including collectible, antique editions.

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Redux Books

Address: 1349 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours: Monday to Friday: 10 AM-5:30 PM; Saturday: 9:30 AM-4 PM; Sunday: Closed

Redux Books stocks all types of books, including children’s fiction, history, and religion. As a heads up, Redux doesn’t sell romance novels.

Stop by Redux Books if you’re looking for that hard-to-find antique collectible, a special first edition, or a book you won’t find anywhere else.

Whether you're looking for comics, games, or collectible items, Vault of Midnight carries a large selection to choose from.

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Nontraditional Books

Vault of Midnight

Address: 95 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 AM-10 PM; Sunday: 11 AM-8 PM

Vault of Midnight (VoM) carries a wide range of comics from publishers worldwide. In addition to single issues, VoM also carries graphic novels, children’s books, and manga. Beyond books, they also stock board games, role-playing games, toys, apparel, and more. 

What makes VoM unique is its “relationship with local creators and the large selection of comics, games, and merchandise created by artists in our own community,” says manager Charley Tucker.

Vault of Midnight also hosts off-site and in-store events each month. A full calendar of events can be found at its website. VoM is just one of several comic book shops in the Grand Rapids area.

iskape Audiobooks

Address: 3270 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Hours: Monday to Tuesday: 10 AM-8 PM; Wednesday: 10 AM-6 PM; Thursday to Friday: 10 AM-8 PM; Saturday: 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday: Closed

iskape Audiobooks is exactly what you’d expect based on the name alone, they sell and rent audio books. You may be wondering, what does a bookstore that doesn’t carry traditional books look like? “It’s the inventory of a bookstore that looks like an old video store,” describes owner Steve Moore. 

iskape has over 4000 titles in stock and adds about 150 new audiobooks each month. Customers can rent or buy single titles, or pay a flat monthly fee for unlimited rentals. The books are sold as CDs or as an mp3 file on a CD. 

Because audiobook stores are rare (with about ten or so remaining in the U.S.), iskape also ships audiobooks all over the country.

Baker Book House offers anything from books and journals to DVDs and greeting cards.

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Christian Books

Baker Book House

Address: 2768 E Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Hours: Monday to Friday: 7 AM-10 PM; Saturday: 9 AM-9 PM; Sunday: Closed

Baker Book House began as a Christian bookstore and publishing house when Herman Baker started selling books out of his garage in 1939. His vision continues to this day, with Baker Book House’s large selection of new and used Christian fiction and nonfiction books. 

Baker Book House also sells DVDs, CDs, journals, mugs, T-shirts, jewelry, and Christian greeting cards. It hosts movie nights, book signings, and rent-out space for community events.

While shopping, be sure to stop by the café for a sandwich or a scone, baked fresh daily.

Keep in mind, these are just some of the many bookstores located in Grand Rapids. You can find more bookstores on the shopping page.

No matter what type of book interests you, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, Christian, comic, or audio, there’s a local Grand Rapids bookstore that has what you’re looking for. 

Happy reading!

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