Winter’s a great time for all of us to catch up on our reading (what’s better than getting cozy with a good book?). Thankfully, we have a few bookstores to check out, right here on MDI:


6 Main St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Known for: A bookstore with more, Sherman’s is also part gift and stationary shop, with locations along the coast of Maine (Bar Harbor being the flagship). 
All of Sherman’s locations tend to participate in community events, and here in Bar Harbor, that means the Early Bird Pajama Sale, Midnight Madness, and more. There are also author talks and book signings (which you can find on Facebook, just make sure you double check the location!)

From Catherine on Yelp: “From a bookstore to a candy shop to a toy store to a ‘knick knacks for mom and grandma’ to a card store, I’m not exactly sure what this store isn’t (except a bar, it is definitely not a bar). ”

Mystery Cove Book Shop

1 Dewey St, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Known for: Unique used books, vintage, friendly/knowledgeable staff. Not just mysteries! We vote them most likely to have a first edition book you are looking for, or at least being able to find it for you.
Great place to have a conversation with owner Steve Powell, who is knowledgeable and friendly, and passionate about books! And don’t forget to say hi to the fisherman while you’re there.  If you have a dog that is also a bibliophile, he’s welcome to peruse the shelves with you! (via their website).


From Yelp: “Reliable, safe shipping always in a timely manner.  Yelp only allows me to rate him 5 stars; if it were up to me there would be a whole galaxy of them in this review!”

Secondhand Prose

28 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Known for: A bookstore that houses used books from Jesup Memorial Library (located next door), Secondhand Prose is not only a great place to find used books, they also offer CDs and DVDs.

Recommendations: They accept book donations of books when they are open so consider donating your unread books and other media materials to a good cause. The store is also staffed by volunteers so consider donating your time if you love books!


131 Main Street, Northeast Harbor, ME 04622

Known for: Located in Northeast Harbor, McGarth’s carries books by local authors as well as children’s books. It’s much more than a book store, however, as you can also find toys, souvenirs, office supplies, coffee and gelato.

Recommendations: Nothing goes together quite like a good book and some coffee (which you can also get iced or as a latte).

From Kelly on Yelp: “Old-Fashioned store. Grab some blueberry soda and sit outside on one of the nearby benches.  They have a large children’s book selection,  books about Maine, and some souvenirs such as the balsam pillows.”

Naturalist’s Notebook

16 Main Street, Seal Harbor, ME & 115 Main Street, Northeast Harbor, ME

Known for: A self-described “Exploratorium,” The Naturalist’s Notebook is not a passive experience. Anyone who is curious about nature and the life sciences will have a great time exploring the store and interacting with the different “exhibits.”

Recommendations: The Seal Harbor store has an interesting layout (as you can see below). You can walk across the moon as well as take a peek inside your brain.

Visit their website to learn more about the layout!


From Dan on Google Reviews: “It had something of interest for each member of our family–ages 45, 44, 12, and 9–including books, sketch pads and pencils, and fun toys and knick knacks… Walking around the store you will find yourself in a mini biosphere, with a fossil-themed basement, a garden- and ocean-themed first floor, and a space- and planet-themed upstairs. We absolutely recommend this store to anyone visiting Mt. Desert Island/Acadia.”

As you can see, MDI has a lot of unique book stores you can experience (some are open year round). So get out your favorite bookmark and head to one (or all) of these stores to see what your next read will be.

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