28 independent bookstores that prove NYC loves to read

The three-level flagship has since become a "destination store in Manhattan," says manager Kotaro Takano, thanks to its diverse offerings. In addition to carrying Japanese literature, animé and comics, the big space allows the bookstore to include a selection of English-language books. It also has a variety of goods falling within the wider category of Japanese culture, from stationery to magazines to toys.

(1073 Sixth Ave., midtown,  usa.kinokuniya.com)

Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz-Gordon

Bookstores have been a dying breed in NYC thanks to rising rents, e-readers and online retailers — R.I.P. the beloved St. Mark’s Bookshop and, soon, bookbook.

Still, in recent years, local mom-and-pop shops have made a small comeback as New Yorkers seek out a local, literary experience that can’t be found on Amazon.com.

Check out some of NYC’s bookstores, many of them successful because they’ve found their niche.

amNY.com staff