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  •  I haven't bought from them in years (10+ / 0-)

    Sole exception was an out of print book on Eastern Orthodox vestments that I could not find anywhere else, and yes, I looked.  

    My problem with my local indie bookstore is that they do not carry anything I wish to read.  Seriously.  Their shelves are full of literary mysteries (most of them dull), classic science fiction (most of which I own), very pretentious academic poetry, MFA-program novels with characters and events I don't give a pin about, political science that's preaching to the choir, and graphic novels/art books that I either own or that are so bogged down in theory as to be unreadable.  

    That's why I often order from book clubs, shop at Barnes  & Noble, check out stuff from the library, buy used, or avail myself of discounts from a book club.  I really want to support the indies, but their selection is not to my taste.

    :(

    •  Powell's in Portland has a large selection (20+ / 0-)

      online. They are an indie (they just have a city block worth of books, plus a few satellite specialty book stores in Portland). I can research books I'm interested in on Amazon, and buy it from Powell's.
      powells.com

      The big box chains were a challenge to indies, but Amazon has almost killed them.

      Buying anything local is good, as it keeps the profits in the community, boosting its economy, but in the case of book stores, the loss of indies actually affects what gets published in the first place.

      I love my indie bookstore. It's almost like a community center, and all the employees love reading books. There used to be more indies here, but there are still a few good ones surviving.

      •  Powell's Books is awesome! (10+ / 0-)

          This is an old, well-established business that I've used for decades through their mail-order lists of new/used/rare books, and they never failed to find out-of-print items for me.        These days, their website services are vast, superbly organized and  a snap to negotiate.  In the unlikely event that you don't find what you're looking for, they will scour the universe to locate it for you.
           I have space and income issues, preferring to wait for used paperbacks of favorite authors whose novels I keep (in chronological order to reread and share).  I also try to add to  (and fill in gaps of) various non-fiction topics.  I signed up for  weekly emails that update new arrivals of used copies of books in my specified genres -- each genre email arrives on the day of the week I have chosen, which is a real treat:  Ornithology -- it must be Wednesday!
           In the Bangor, ME area, we are very blessed with indie bookstores that have stayed steady through the bigbox era.
           

        Too soon old, too late smart.....

        by DvCM on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 09:07:31 AM PST

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        •  yes, Powell's has new and used (4+ / 0-)
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          Eyesbright, Lujane, blukat, fhcec

          Also, most indies will order something for you if it's not in stock. Good to know that Powell's will make an effort to find what you're looking for if they don't have it.

          Got to visit it in the 1990's. Spent most of the day there while the friend I was visiting was at work.

          So if you're in a small town (or even a large one) without a good independent bookstore, give Powell's a try!

          Their website is fun to peruse. Interviews, selected reviews, etc.

          I am so grateful we have a good indie in SLC!

    •  If you're ever in San Francisco (13+ / 0-)

      stop by City Lights. It is probably going to be full of tourists, but it is still a seriously good bookstore. I have usually come out of there with something to read. Alas, Cody's Books in Berkeley, which was also excellent (and larger) went out of business several years ago. It is really hard for independents to survive these days.

      •  Cody's was my favorite (1+ / 0-)
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        but they had real management problems - computers were terrible. Staff sometimes were helpful, others were much more interested in talking with their fellow staff members about personal things while customers waited.

        But I loved it, none the less.

        Not sorry to see the Telegraph Store close - the street had gotten really unpleasant and no place to park.

        4th street was great... sad that it closed.

        Kepler's in Palo Alto/Menlo Park has managed to stay in business, I think, after a close call a few years ago. My first CA bookstore, and how I loved riding there on my bicycle and looking at all the wonderful books on arcane topics - eye opening for a young 'un from TX.

        "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

        by fhcec on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 02:22:29 AM PST

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