Cozy, Warm and Independently Owned
MAIN STREET BOOKS IS TWENTY YEARS OLD!
Thanks to our customers for a great 20th birthday celebration and 20 years of support for your local independent bookstore.
At Main Street Books we specialize in St. Charles' local history and guidebooks, Western history (including Civil War and Lewis and Clark) and children's books, but our store inventory includes all categories. We also offer selected used books.
We host two book clubs each month and frequent special events. Don't forget our Frequent Buyer Program. Buy 12 books and receive the 13th free (average of prior 12 purchases). Ask for your card today.
The store is located in the Historic District in St. Charles, Missouri. You can find directions on the sidebar to the left. Our building is more than 190 years old and was the residence of the first Secretary of State of Missouri, William Pettus. Want to know more about historic St. Charles and what has survived until today? See below.
Our Owners' Books
You can buy owner Vicki Erwin's book ST CHARLES THEN AND NOW and co-owner Jim Erwin's book GUERRILLAS IN CIVIL WAR MISSOURI, at the store or from our website (see below). Come in, call or email us. If you want an autographed copy and order from the website, please note your request in the "Comments" section.
Is your organization looking for a speaker? Jim has a 30-45 minute talk, complete with PowerPoint illustrations from his book. Give us a call at the store to schedule.
For some of our favorite books, including Jim's favorite Civil War books, see the sidebar to the left.
DON'T LET THE BRIDGE WORK ON I-70 KEEP YOU AWAY
Hey, it's not that bad, especially if you travel outside of rush hour. The lanes are narrow, but okay to travel. The exit to northbound Fifth Street is open; just be sure to stay in the right lane across the bridge.
There are excellent alternate routes.
If you are coming from St. Louis County south of I-70, take Highway 364 (the Page extension). Turn right after you cross the Missouri River bridge, follow Arena Parkway past the Family Arena. Go straight through the traffic light, and turn right at the next light on to Main Street. You will be here in no time.
If you are coming from St. Louis County north of I-70, take I-370 to St. Charles. Take the first exit past the Missouri River, and go south on Highway 94. Follow the signs through the roundabout to Second Street, then turn left on either Clark or First Capitol, and right on Main Street.
If you are coming eastbound from St. Charles County, there is no change. You can exit at First Capitol Drive if you prefer to avoid any backup at the Fifth Street exit.
If you have any questions, please call us.
See the information and maps at:
HEATHER BREWER, ANTONY JOHN AND FIONA PAUL SIGNED BOOKS
We have signed copies of all of Auntie Heather's books, including her new graphic novel. Plus, we have signed copies of Antony John's latest YA novel, ELEMENTAL, and Fiona Paul's debut novel, VENOM.
Sorry, we cannot provide personalized autographed copies -- only when we have an event with the authors. If you want an autographed copy and are ordering from the website, please tell us in the COMMENTS section when you order.
You may order books from us online to be picked up at the store or to be shipped direct to your home. *Please note that your search on the website will show what is available from our distributor.* If you want to know if we have it in stock at the store, please call. Also, some books say "Subject to Availability" We will have to check to let you know whether the book is actually available. Please call if you have questions. Thanks.
You can also order our autographed books online. Please put in the comments that you want an autographed book.
Thinking about buying an e-reader?
WE HAVE THE KOBO GLO AND KOBO MINI AND ACCESSORIES FOR SALE.
We will be selling ebooks through our website, and Mini and Glo ereaders by Kobo in the store. Come by for a demonstration.
Kobo, a leader in eReading, has more than 10 million registered users worldwide, with 3 million books, newspapers, and magazines. Kobo’s Read Freely philosophy supports an open platform and adoption of industry standards to ensure that people own the books they buy and are never locked to one device or service. Additionally, Kobo offers free eReading apps so people can read conveniently anytime, anyplace from a device they already own. With Kobo, consumers can easily browse and shop from our store, our website, and automatically sync your library across most popular devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, and smartphones, as well as all Kobo eReaders.
We have been selling Google ebooks, but that program has ended. We can help you transfer your Google e-books to the Kobo reader.
You can browse or search for e-books. It's under the KOBO logo on the right. You can also get more information at the Kobo website.
Already have a Kobo or other e-reader (not a Kindle). You can open a Kobo account through our store, Just follow the link below;
We are a founding member of the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance, a group of new and used bookstores in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
For more information on the Alliance and on literary events in the area, check out the website at http://www.stlindiebook.com/ *