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  •  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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        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!

        •  I travelled the western half of the States in 1980 (2+ / 0-)
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          and used about half a day in Powell's blowing half of my food budget, for the last 2½ weeks of my trip, on about 35 books.

          Good thing I like PB&J and lentil soup.

          Politifact, the lie of the year is. - Yoda

          by gakke on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:45:33 PM PST

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