Independent bookstores

Mary Hope Friedermann reads a story at Bella

(Credit: Newsday photo / Sabrina de Sampaio )

Long Island's rich literary history is indisputable. Walt Whitman, who penned the famous poetry collection "Leaves of Grass," was born in Huntington. John Steinbeck, author of "The Grapes of Wrath," was known for drinking at bars and frequenting local shops in Sag Harbor, where he lived. F. Scott Fitzgerald set "The Great Gatsby" on the Gold Coast. Additionally, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Pynchon, Mario Puzo and other literary greats have all called Long Island home.

Despite its past, Long Island has struggled to maintain its literary presence. While the Island boasts about 20 chain bookstores scattered throughout Nassau and Suffolk, independent bookstores are few and far between.

Fortunately, there are a few places remaining where avid readers can receive bookseller recommendations, hear a favorite author read from their newest work, or pick up a used classic and pass on the love of reading to their youngsters. Here are a few of those places.

--Compiled by Anne Machalinski

  • Best Bargain Books Shopping, Bookstore 65 Robinson Ave. East Patchogue Additional location in Port Jefferson. ...

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    Best Bargain Books Shopping, Bookstore 14 East Broadway Port Jefferson Additional location in East Patchogue. ...

  • Outside Book Hampton in East Hampton.

    BookHampton, East Hampton $$$ | Bookstore 41 Main St. East Hampton The East Hampton extension of the East End-rooted bookstore chain, this store carries the same ...

  • Bookhampton in Southampton. (July 14, 2012)

    BookHampton, Southampton Shopping, Bookstore 16 Hampton Rd. Southampton Three additional locations in East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Mattituck   ...

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    Booklovers Paradise in Bellmore offers used and rare

    Booklovers Paradise Shopping, Bookstore 2972 Merrick Rd Ste A Bellmore Booklovers Paradise is a small bookstore specializing in books, video, and comic books from previous ...

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    A look inside Book Revue, the largest independent

    Book Revue Bookstore 313 New York Ave. Huntington For a certain breed of readers, there's nothing more fulfilling than discussing a favorite book ...

  • The Book Shoppe in Montauk. (Aug, 14, 2012)

    The Book Shoppe Bookstore The Plaza Montauk Carrying a selection of popular books, this stop for literary material can also special order ...

  • Buccaneer Books in Cutchogue. (June 20, 2013)

    Buccaneer Books Shopping, Bookstore 4460 Depot Lane Cutchogue   ...

  • Outside Canio's Books in Sag Harbor.

    Canio's Books Shopping, Bookstore 290 Main St. Sag Harbor Art meets literature at Canio's Books, a bookstore and gathering place where writers and photographers ...

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    The Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington. (Aug. 28,

    The Dolphin Bookshop $$ | Bookstore 299 Main St. Port Washington Bookstore and cafe serving paninis, soup and beverages. Features an event calendar. ...

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