The independent local bookstore is alive and well, and located in Southern Maine. After 13 years in business, Nonesuch Books is going strong thanks to its reputation of serving its communities with an excellent book selection and more. At both locations (Mill Creek Shopping Center and The Shops at Biddeford Crossing), you’ll find great books, unique gifts, interesting greeting cards, educational products and the largest magazine selection in Maine (so they’re told).

Owner Jon Platt told us what it takes to thrive in this era of eBooks and major chains. “There are a number of factors working for us. Community outreach is important; we support local schools and children’s hospitals. Also we hand-select all products with attention to diversity while featuring a special focus on Maine authors and products. We’ve taken a multi-faceted, cost-effective marketing approach, including our website, email newsletter to 5,000 customers, newspaper advertising for book-signing events, coupons every month, a holiday catalog in 80,000 newspapers, and weekly Facebook posts.”

“But if we had to select one thing that separates us, it’s the quality of our staff,” Jon continued. Five of our 25 staff people have been in the book business for more than 30 years, and more than half for over 10 years. We’re lucky to have great people with the depth and experience to make recommendations. It’s our #1 competitive edge.”

You’re invited to stop in to browse for holiday gifts, meet local authors and get help from the staff. Visit the website for locations and hours at