6 Indie Bookstores Across India to Order your Books from

6 Indie Bookstores Across India to Order your Books from
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All ye bibliophiles who have been missing browsing around your favourite stores, we've got happy news. These independent bookstores are now letting your order online, and will deliver your books to your doorstep.

Trinetra Paul
August 03 , 2020
09 Min Read

The lockdown has had some silver linings for bookworms. We have been able to finish all those books that were lying around for months, unread. Some of us have revisited old favourites.

Books have been a constant support for us during these gloomy days. But we do miss the occasional trips to our favourite bookstores, browsing, and returning with a new stash. We might not be able to go out to bookstores, but we found some independent bookstores which are making an effort to deliver books to your doorstep.


Here are 6 indie bookstores across India that have carefully curated a wide range of books which you will not find in leading chains like Oxford or Starmark. 

Walking Bookfairs

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Initially based out of Bhubaneshwar in Odisha, Walking Bookfairs is the brainchild of Akshaya Bahibala and Satabdi Mishra. With a mission to popularise Indian writings and instil love for books in all, the duo set out with books in their backpacks and did door-to-door visits in the small towns of Koraput district in Odisha. Today Walking Bookfairs is spread over 20 states across the country, with Bangalore being an important hub. The bookstore is a cosy place with a carefully curated collection that gets updated on a regular basis. In these trying times, they have partnered with Swiggy to deliver books to your doorstep. Their ‘book mobile’, a library and bookstore on wheels, has also been on the go and has covered over 35,000 km to deliver books to everyone. Head to their social media page for more information.

May Day Bookstore

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This Delhi-based left wing book store was launched on May Day, (May 1) in 2012. The space they occupy in Shadi Khampur in west Delhi is pretty unique. Attached to a community space which was earlier used by numerous theatre companies, you can easily spend time at the quaint space and enjoy plays, shows, music gigs, and even indulge in conversations with fellow readers. Head to their website to place orders online.

Champaca Bookstore

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This Bangalore-based bookstore is also a library and a café providing the ideal setting to spend a lovely afternoon with your favourite book. Don’t worry if you cannot head there, you can easily subscribe on their website and get your books delivered all across the country. You can order from their latest collection, and avail a number of great offers as well.

Earthcare Books

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This Kolkata bookstore located on the bustling Middleton Street is a cosy space with a rustic, earthy feel. Much of their collection features around nature, the environment, sustainable food, and eco-friendly living. Books by renowned environmentalist and conservationists can be found here. Their collection has everything from comics, fiction, non-fiction and books for children as well. Head to their website to place your order.

Rachna Bookstore

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Nestled amidst the spectacular Himalayas in the city of Gangtok, Rachna Books is every bibliophile’s paradise. Apart from an amazing collection, this independent publishing house also hosts readings, slam poetry events, storytelling sessions, open mics, musical gigs, and other events. Head to their website to browse through the virtual shelves and subscribe for their latest collection. And check out their Instagram page for information on ordering books. 

Seagull Books

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Along with their online store, this award-winning publishing house has a store in Bhawanipore in Kolkata, which is open now. They are letting you download some of their books, for free. Head to their website to see how, and check out their latest collections and ordering options.


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