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    Your Favorite Bookstore

    Hereís the thread for plugging your favorite bookstore.

    I figure itíll be helpful for bookworms who travel a lot, like me.

    Iíll start. Iím in Portland, Oregon today and I wound up spending almost the whole day in Powellís Bookstore. That place encompasses an entire city block in downtown Portland and the best simile I can think of to describe it is: itís like a Vegas casino, only for readers not gamblers. I went in there this morning when they opened and then came stumbling out, dazed and confused, twelve hours later.
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    I'm going to have to second Powell's. It's phenomenal, one of my favorite places to go when I'm out walking around in the city.

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    In London there is this old 4 story book store, dating back to the 18th century, and It is simply marvelous. The architecture and interior are beautiful and capture the perfect ambiance, and there is a splendid stock of books about near everything and from near everywhere. Right now I cant remember the name, but it is marvelous. It is near Trafalgar square though.

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    oooo!! I love Powells Online store! its amazing! I'm in Ireland and they shipped a book to me.

    Mine currently is Hodges Figgis.
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    i'd say Reader's Corner in Raleigh NC.
    the guy running the store is tremendously well read, and quite friendly for being cooped up all day.
    he always has great books, collectibles, and conversation waiting for me.
    the store is outstanding
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    Love Hodges Figgis too - but they're pricing themselves out of it at the mo...

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    Cool Since I only buy used books, I've found that brick and

    mortar stores are too expensive and have a much smaller inventory than internet booksellers. While I might spend an afternoon in one, I very seldom buy anything. Try Bill Majer Bookseller for Limited Editions Club books from $30 to $3,000. Finds can be made on Ebay also.

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    Myopic in Chicago is great. Quimby's is cool too.
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    Brother, I wish I had somethin' better to tell you, but I live in the middle of nowhere. And the best bookstore here is Amazon.com. Or the public library for renters. . .
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    The Strand, NYC

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    This is exactly what Iím talking about.

    Now Iíve got some great insider info on where to go when I visit London, Dublin, Raleigh-Durham, Chicago, NYC, and the web.

    I was trying to remember the bookstore I visited a few years back in the other Portland Ė the one in Maine, not Oregon. Both Portlands have fine bookstores Ė oh yes, and good food too. You canít beat the one in Maine for lobster and the one in Oregon has a veritable smorgasbord of street-food shacks. Iím getting hungry just thinking about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jersea View Post
    The Strand, NYC
    I LOVE that shop! Discovered it on a trip to NYC thanks to my cousin.

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    Well there are a couple of extremely amazing bookstores that I've been to a few times. First there is City Lights Bookstore in San Fran, then there is Iliad Bookstore in No Ho. City Lights was the first place to publish Ginsberg's "Howl" and Iliad has a whole collection of extremely rare first editions.
    Oh! and the staffs actually know a thing or two about literature, which is more than you can say for Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Borders.

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    Skylight Books in LA.

    Even if it's small, I was amazed by the intense variety of the books they had there.
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    Foyles on Charing Cross Road in London is great, it's 4 storeys (I think, maybe 3) and is supposedly the largest bookshop in Europe. I love it, they usually have books that Amazon doesn't have.
    Shakespeare and Company in Paris is my favourite by far though. It's a wonderful old bookshop with uneven floors and shelves crammed with books right up to the ceiling. You need to use their ladders to reach the top shelves! It's got an amazing history, it was the heart of the Pound-Joyce clique of writers based in Paris in the early 20th-century - the owners published Ulysses for the first time in 1922. I think the current bookshop is on a different site to the original but it is still unique and like something out of a fairytale.

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