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Letters Bookshop


116 W Main St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 973-2573
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Photo of sarina of the sea sarina of the sea
Oct 16, 2021 5

The BEST and CHEAPEST books I've ever seen. Please come and support your local bookstore, especially Letters!

Photo of Doug Short Doug Short
Oct 16, 2021 5

Great curation... And don't miss the upstairs!

Photo of Amanda Amanda
Oct 10, 2021 5

Charming bookstore with a personal feel. The selections and layout were just right and I loved the handwritten personal recommendations (I am presuming by the owners and/or employees) tucked into some of the books. This place would make a great stop for your gift giving needs.

Photo of Angelica McHuston Angelica McHuston
Oct 29, 2021 5

Love the new digs. Great selection, thoughtful staff

Photo of Steve Wells Steve Wells
Dec 9, 2021 5

Go upstairs. The ceiling is very cool. Great local place.

Photo of Ryan Lynch Ryan Lynch
Jan 5, 2021 5

Best bookshop, amazing customer services

Photo of Torraine Walker Torraine Walker
Apr 1, 2019 5

They have a great selection of African-American authors. I got the new Walter Mosley!

Photo of Ashley Melzer Ashley Melzer
May 29, 2020 5

My favorite bookstore! Staff is kind and knowledgable. Stock is diverse and well curated.

Photo of Peter Gailitis Peter Gailitis
Jan 17, 2018 5

Before you go to Amazon Durham go to Letters Bookshop. You get to talk to a human like Land and more importantly support a local business. If they don't have what you want they can get it for you in a couple of days.

Photo of Zach Brown Zach Brown
Jan 1, 2020 5

When you are asked to support your local bookstore, this must be your first stop. This place wants to show you something you have not seen but you know you want. Make it a place to browse on a first date. Make it a place to brag about. This is your local if you have words in your soul.

Photo of Sarah C Sarah C
Feb 23, 2020 5

Stopped in here while walking around downtown. Cute little shop, and prices are very reasonable. It's not an expansive collection, but there's still quite a bit of variety in just about every genre. Also, they have some neat t-shirts at the front of the store. I'll definitely come back - always nice to find books that are affordable!

Photo of Michelle Gonzales-Green Michelle Gonzales-Green
Dec 27, 2019 5

Pleasant place to browse for books. Very friendly staff always willing to help find what you need if they don't have it in stock. I also love their tee shirts with famous book covers on them.

Photo of Kerstin Bryant Kerstin Bryant
Nov 30, 2019 5

Great local bookstore with kind people!

Photo of Lindsey Coppola Lindsey Coppola
Nov 17, 2019 5

Charming bookstore with a great selection of childrens books. We enjoyed browsing and reading the tabbed reviews.

Photo of Jen Fuchs Jen Fuchs
Nov 17, 2019 4

Very cool bookstore with picks for all ages and tastes. Reasonable prices (sale books start at $3 and even some hardbacks are only $10-11). They also have fun literary socks/shirts and recommendations from the staff!

Photo of Mark W Mark W
Aug 28, 2019 5

Great selection of art and music books. Prices are easy on the wallet.

Photo of Patrice Ferriola Patrice Ferriola
Aug 17, 2019 5

Best independent bookstore in Durham chapel hill area. Great selection of new and like-new books

Photo of Kristen Brown Kristen Brown
Aug 4, 2019 5

Small but cute bookstore. Lots of employee recommendations laid out to help you decide on a book. Lots of community involvement, too.

Photo of Leigh Meyer Leigh Meyer
Jul 16, 2019 5

Lovely local bookstore!! Their used books often look brand new, and they have a good selection of new/newish release used books as well. They have a really nicely curated section of NC/Durham literature, as well as unique and interesting finds in other categories. I think their staff picks section is a nice array that doesn't just follow the best sellers list. Would recommend to any book lover or visitor!

Photo of Jackson Honeycutt Jackson Honeycutt
Jun 23, 2019 5

Great selection for good prices! A good place to browse for something you're looking for, as well as find something new with great staff selections to choose from!

Photo of Tanya Kalich Tanya Kalich
Mar 23, 2019 5

I love this place! They always have a book I didn't know I needed, and fantastic advice about what books a friend might like when I need to buy a last-minute gift.

Photo of Mika McDaniel Mika McDaniel
Feb 14, 2019 5

I love a great book store. Friendly staff with handwritten notes depicting a short review. Great prices and a we'll rounded collection. I only wished they offered a reading nook and coffee but then again I wouldn't leave.

Photo of Brittany Judd Brittany Judd
May 14, 2019 4

Cool, laid back bookstore with a diverse array of books. The prices are fair and the employees always have a smiling face. Nice gem in Downtown Durham!

Photo of Rachel Sorg Rachel Sorg
Apr 28, 2019 5

What a great find! I’ve been searching for a place to sell some books and ended up getting a generous amount of store credit for what I brought in here. They have a great selection of books, too. I’ll definitely be back!

Photo of Joshua Sanchez Joshua Sanchez
Apr 16, 2019 5

A fantastic selection of old and new books. Friendly customer service and very helpful. Happy to support small businesses, especially independent booksellers!

Photo of Lakisha Wiley Lakisha Wiley
May 14, 2022 5

Beautiful Space, and the young lady was very helpful! I can't remember her name!!!!

Photo of Katelyn Knowles Katelyn Knowles
Jun 5, 2022 5

Love this bookstore! Lots of new and used books with a great children’s section.

Photo of Meghan Reid Meghan Reid
Jul 10, 2022 5

New favorite bookstore in Durham! Large selection of new and used books. I bought 2 used books that are new releases and hard back for under $10 each and they didn’t look used at all. I will definitely be coming back. They even have an upstairs with a coffee bar opening soon!

Photo of Austin Semmel Austin Semmel
Jul 18, 2022 5

Cool shop with a large selection. Will be really neat when the coffee shop upstairs is fully functional.

Photo of Lindsay V Lindsay V
Aug 6, 2022 5

Such a great bookstore with a huge selection. I love that they offer new and used books, as well as discounts on new fiction. It was all well organized and labeled with some cool tables with interesting topics as well. Love the upstairs area too. So cool!

Photo of Rachael James-Baker Rachael James-Baker
Aug 15, 2022 3

The book selection is fantastic, and the staff is very nice. However, I really had a problem with them saying they had a "coffee cafe" inside. I scheduled my day around going there to grab coffee and do work inside. Come to find out, there's no seating and the cafe is completely underwhelming. It looked like there was no thought behind it. From the other reviews, it seems like they're missing out on the customers who just want a nice place to drink coffee and do work.

Photo of Jenni Wilson Jenni Wilson
Jul 31, 2022 5

What a wonderful bookshop! Great prices for used books in good condition, and of course new books as well. Also has a great selection of games that we had fun perusing, even buying a couple card games we never heard of before (which ended up being very fun!). The book clubs offered are diverse and accessible, offering both virtual and in person. They seem dedicated to creating a sense of community with their book clubs and within the shop, making me feel excited to get plugged in and be apart of it. They also offer a subscription service called Sidecar, in which you get one new book recommended by the staff and then a “side” book, that is used and based on information you provide about your reading preferences. Love getting two new books a month in the mail, and supporting local vs a big box subscription service while I’m at it. Finally, all of my communication with the staff has been super pleasant helpful, both in person and via email!