1931 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Whodunit Books has been located in this Rittenhouse area of Philly since 1977 and specializes in mysteries and thrillers. Whodunit also carries many other general titles and many rare copies from local authors. It carries signed and collectable books, all of which are also available online. This is a store to visit if you want to chat with the owner about books in general. Whodunit also has an outdoor table for nice weather and is one of the leading book stores in Philly to get that impossible-to-find book.
709 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Books are stacked from floor to ceiling in Brickbat Books. Although it has such a large inventory, this collection is still very easy to navigate. Brickbat Books is where you want to go when you’re looking for art books, photo books or simply for that unique bookshop experience. It also carries children’s books and albums on vinyl. Brickbat hosts regular events with local artists, including authors and musicians. It posts about these events about a month in advance on the website, so check frequently. The store also buys books if you are looking to decrease your collection or make a few dollars off of a collectable item.
112 Nicholson Road
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Between The Covers is a rare book and collector’s dream, with over 100,000 books in stock. The store is run by a former president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and has been in business for over 28 years. These are people who have made books their business by first being book scouts and dealers before opening their own shop. Between The Covers has one of the largest selections in the Delaware Valley. Its many books in stock are available in offerings that range from fine reading copies to very expensive and collectable first editions. The warehouse store is also in a historical old building near the waterfront of the Delaware River. Visitors’ needs are best met by browsing the website before making a visit.
34 S. 40th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Locust Moon Comics is right in the heart of University City. This comic book store is also an art gallery for local graphic artists and has regular events for comic book enthusiasts. Past events have included a “Star Wars”-themed day with coordinating drinks, food and light saber battles. Locust Moon also sells other merchandise related to comics and pop culture and features movie screenings on Tuesday evenings.