May 25, 2022

5 best independent bookshops in Manchester: used and new bookstores to visit on World Book Day

Thursday, March 3, 2022 marks World Book Day.

The day takes place every year on the first Thursday of March. On World Book Day, children in full-time education receive vouchers to spend on books.

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Here are five independent bookshops in Manchester you can visit on World Book Day.

EJ Morton Booksellers

Mon – Thu: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

EJ Morton Booksellers is an independent family-run bookstore in Manchester.

The bookstore started its activities 63 years ago in 1959.

In store, they have a dedicated kids room, where you can find a variety of fun and interactive books, as well as kid-friendly books in school subjects like math.

You can see the books they carry and learn more about the store at their website.

Address: 6 Warburton Street, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6WA

Chapter One Books

Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Pairing coffee and sweets with reading, Chapter One Books offers an in-store cafe.

The store’s origins are based on how it operated, combining the family’s love of cakes, coffee and books.

On their website you can see an extensive menu that features the other savory dishes they also offer, including paninis and sandwiches.

Address: 19 Lever Street, M1 1BY

Manchester Book Buyers

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Google reviews are in awe of this Manchester bookstore.

One review says, “Really good range of books. Some of them are at bargain prices. Highly recommend a visit if you are an avid reader.”

Books can start as low as 50p here, and photos on Google reveal a plethora of books available for just £1.

Address: 1 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PN

Chorlton Bookstore

Mon – Sat: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Open since 1983, this bookstore has always been family-run and prides itself on its “calm and friendly atmosphere”.

With a thriving children’s section, Chorlton Bookshop is the perfect place to visit on World Book Day.

You can contact the bookstore by email, social media, or phone if you can’t make it to the store.

Address: 506 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AW

queer lit

Queer Lit was originally founded because “we, like many in the LGBTQ+ community, struggled to discover literature that best reflected our queer ethos and experiences.”

The aim was to make LGBTQ+ titles more accessible to UK readers.

Initially, Queer Lit offered approximately 700 fiction and non-fiction books from some of the world’s leading queer authors.

Their ‘Free Books For Schools’ program has seen them donate over 1,000 books, including 250 copies of ‘What is tea?‘ By Juno Dawson.

In addition to books, you can purchase pins, greeting cards, clothing and more.

To see the huge range of stocks and books on offer, visit their website.

Address: 39 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LX