Black Owned Bookstores

Eso Won Books Los Angeles, CA

Veteran bookshop spotlighting a range of titles about & written by African American people.

semicolon chi Chicago, IL

Semicolon Bookstore is committed to nurturing the connection between literature, art, and the pursuit of knowledge; while also using the power of words to better our community.

Black Pearl Books Austin, TX 

A mysterious rare gemstone symbolizing independence, strength, wisdom, wealth, prosperity, love, and hope

Source Booksellers Detroit, MI

Source Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Detroit’s Midtown district, is a unique niche of non-fiction books. We offer books and unusual sideline items that enhance your life and your lifestyle. 

Harriett’s Bookshop Philadelphia, PA

Named for historical heroine Harriet Tubman, our mission celebrates women authors, women artists, and women activists.

Books and Crannies Martinsville, VA

Books and Crannies is an independent bookstore which opened on September 20, 2016. With the closing of all major book retailers in this area, Books and Crannies has opened a new market in Uptown Martinsville that was at the time unfulfilled.


Cafe con Libros (coffee with books) is an intersectional Feminist community bookstore and coffee shop.  Through our choice of books, programming and great coffee, we endeavor to create a vibrant community space where everyone; specifically female identified folx, feel centered, affirmed and celebrated.  

Sistah Scifi Online 

Founded by Isis Asare, Sistah Scifi is a cauldron of all things afro-futurism; Black mysticism, science fiction noir, and traditional voodoo; casting spells to uplift literature written by Black women

The Key Bookstore Online 

The Key Bookstore is an interactive online bookstore experience curated for Afrocentricity, Spirituality, Environmentalism, and Entrepreneurship

The Lit. Bar The Bronx, NY 

The Lit. Bar opened it’s doors on April 27, 2019 (National Indie Bookstore Day) and is currently the only bookstore serving the 1.5 million people of the Boogie Down Bronx. Our venue encourages curious readers and welcomes literary and community gatherings—while our wine bar connects the great pastimes of social sipping and introverted reading. What better way to loosen our tongues and talk about the books we love? We offer a carefully curated selection of general interest books, gift items, and programming which emphasize local interest and diversity for all ages.

MahoganyBooks Washington, DC

MahoganyBooks is a local independent bookstore that believes in social entrepreneurship. We take a leadership role in the African American community by promoting reading, writing, and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love and ultimately our communities to enrich the lives of motivated individuals.

Pyramid Books Boynton Beach, FL

African-American books and authors are our specialty: fiction, nonfiction, self-help, metaphysics, mysteries, Egyptology, Pan African, spiritual, science fiction, self-published and hard to find books. Pyramid Books Editing Services is available to aspiring and published writers. Pyramid Books celebrates Black History Month 365 days a year to educate all people about the African Diaspora. A proud Essence and NY Times reporting store. We stand for Hope and Possibility in the book industry.

Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center Ypsilanti, MI 

Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center is an independent African-American bookstore. We are located in the heart of downtown Ypsilanti, Michigan, just a block away from the Eastern Michigan University College of Business. We opened November 2, 2013, in hopes of bringing awareness to true African-American literature and culture.

Hakim’s Bookstore Philadelphia, PA 

“Black people need to read more so that we can establish our cultural identities. We hold ourselves in low esteem due to the brainwashing process of our slavemasters through  their educational system .We are the only people on the face of the earth who allow our oppressor to educate our children. If we change our image of self then we can alter our condition and thereby gain power and respect. Therefore it is imperative for us to read, study and manifest.”-Dawud Hakim (Founder of Hakim’s Bookstore)

Detroit Book City Southfield, MI

Detroit Book City is a small, independent book store that specialize & market books, media & events to the African-American consumer market.  We carry new and gently used adult and children books i.e. self-help, black-consciousness, spiritual, how-to’s, urban-fiction, memoirs, biographies & much more!!! We also sell books written by local and national Indie Authors and rare, hard to find or out-of-print African-American books.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books Philadelphia, PA

From the Ebony and Jet magazines on the coffee table, to the pictures of Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson on the wall, to the smell of Aunt Bessie’s sweet potato pie emanating from the kitchen, Uncle Bobbie’s was a bastion of unapologetic Blackness.

Frugal Bookstore Roxbury, MA

We are a community bookstore located in Roxbury with a passion of promoting literacy within our children, teens and adults. We’ve got all these great books (and getting more all the time) at incredible prices that we want you to see.

Multicultural Children’s Bookstore, Richmond, CA

Come visit the ONLY multicultural bookstore in the County. Tons of books for Black, Latino, Asian, Native American kids of all ages and adults too!

Underground Books Sacramento, CA

Underground Books opened in the summer of 2003 and is the literary hub of Oak Park. Since the closing of the only library in Oak Park in the 1970’s,  it became the mission of St. HOPE founder, Kevin Johnson, to ensure that the students and the community had access to books.  

Ashay By The Bay Vallejo, CA

Ashay By The Bay is The #1 Black Children’s Bookstore specializing in African American and Multicultural Books for the Home and Classroom!

Marcus Book Stores Oakland, CA

The oldest independent Black bookstore in the country. Books by and about Black people everywhere.