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2012-07-11 12:53:14 PM  
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2012-07-11 12:56:09 PM  
It doesn't count as "beautiful", but the coolest bookstore I've ever been in was Blackwell's in Oxford, England. Had a great mixture of smells: new books combined with an old, lived-in building. The shelves were laid out in a real helter skelter kind of way, too, so once you got far enough into the store you felt like you were lost in a maze.

A very cool way to browse for books.
2012-07-11 01:17:40 PM  

meanmutton: meat0918: AverageAmericanGuy: Bookstores are great to find books I'm interested in. Having the book in my hands and flipping through and getting an idea of how much I think I'd like it are invaluable.

But as for buying, Amazon is where I spend my money.

That's not true. I'll sometimes buy a tall coffee at Starbucks if it's nearby (or attached to!) the bookstore.

I'm the opposite.

I browse Amazon, then go get the book from a local bookstore. It's worth the little extra to keep money in the local economy just a little bit longer I don't really understand economics. Plus I rarely buy enough books to qualify for their free shipping.

I even have a Kindle, and I've got a lot of books on there, but all of them have been free books. I haven't bought a single book for it, and have not pirated any either.



Yeah, yeah, opportunity costs and unintended consequences. Isn't a good example the one of that buying food locally might not only cost more, but also be more polluting because of the economy of scale involved, so if you are doing it to be "green", you're possibly shooting yourself in your carbon footprint.

And like I said, while I buy books, the amount saved online is usually offset by shipping costs because I don't usually buy a lot of books at one time. Plus there is the social aspect.

Even if that store takes the money I gave it and sends it to some multinational bookseller to restock, a portion still ends up at the grocery store when a bookstore employee buys food, ends up at the movie theater when they go to a movie, or ends up at a restaurant for dinner. Then the employees at those places spend their paychecks.

Plus those businesses in my city pay taxes that help fund things like road improvements, schools, and public safety, and the local employees also pay state taxes, even if they tend to get all their federal taxes back.

//Oregon has no sales tax, but in places with sales taxes, they would also pay the instate sales tax.
2012-07-11 02:04:56 PM  
Strand nor Powell's is on this list. They're both great bookstores, of course, but not particularly pretty (at least in our minds), and thus disqualified.

Fark you, bookstore writer guy. Powell's is the goddamn Vatican of bookstores. It's... It's... BEAUTIFUL...
2012-07-11 03:13:14 PM  
Used to love browsing at All Books & Records in Oakland Park, until the owner retired. However, there's a nice bookstore in Fort Lauderdale called Robert Hittel, Bookseller. Love it.
2012-07-11 03:49:39 PM  
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2012-07-11 03:53:36 PM  
The joy of my college days was the (now defunct) S & D Bookstore in Indiana, PA. Not only could you sell all your books for store credit, you could pick up firearms as well. This was in the mid 1970's. I recall picking up a fairly nice '98 Mauser with a bore that didn't resemble a gopher hole (much) just in time for deer season.

/excellent collection of sci-fi & fantasy
//good tomes, good times
2012-07-11 04:19:24 PM  
Glad to still have a decent local book store
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Would kill to have Powell's right down the street.
Always save a day to hang out there whenever I visit Portland.
2012-07-11 07:09:42 PM  

Mr. Pokeylope: Glad to still have a decent local book store
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Would kill to have Powell's right down the street.
Always save a day to hang out there whenever I visit Portland.

My Portland trips are generally

1. Get drunk
2. Go to Powells
3. Get more drunk.
4. Sleep.
2012-07-11 09:02:28 PM  
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Dawn Treader Used Book Store, A2. The whole place looks like this, aisle after labrythine little aisle, branching off every which way. Awesome collection of SF, and all the classics.
2012-07-11 10:20:37 PM  

Capt. Sparkles: Don't know if any of you have ever been to the Book Loft in Columbus, but it's pretty cool. 32 rooms packed wall-to-wall-to-ceiling, with really narrow corridors, doorways, and stairways. It's easy to get lost in there (thankfully they have maps and signs all over the place) and I start feeling claustrophobic after a while, but their prices, variety, and selection are pretty nice. I'd definitely recommend checking it out if you're ever in the area.

I love the Book Loft, but haven't been there for some time.

I think it's about time I remedy that.
2012-07-11 10:29:41 PM  

bVork: Monroe's Books in Victoria:
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Though I personally find used bookstores with densely-packed narrow aisles to be the most alluring.

For the WIN!! Great bookstore in a city of bookstores...and a beautiful island.
2012-07-12 02:42:01 AM  

fusillade762: Maybe not the most beautiful, but I'm glad to live in a city with possibly the largest:

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68,000 square feet of bibliophilial goodness.

Oh my, Powell's. The main reason for my trips to Portland. Stay a weekend at the Mark Spencer Hotel, a block from Powell's. Four hour book-buying excursions, crawling out feeling imploded from the sheer volume of books there.

Once found a first-edition Rod Serling hard-bound book, The Season to be Wary. The cashier was pissed that he'd missed it in the racks.
2012-07-12 07:03:57 AM  

NewportBarGuy: My favorite was Newport Bookstore. It was a tiny place with classical music and the owner smoked a pipe, so it always smelled... booky. Classic books, Americana, Military History...

Closed because no one f*cking reads that sh*t anymore. Well, not enough to justify a storefront and the associated rent.

Kind of depressing. I went to sell some books at the only other bookstore in town a few years ago. The owner was so depressing and poor. He wanted most of what I had but was offering so little for them. I just gave the 5 boxes to him for $20 and bought a few hot dogs for lunch at Ben's Chili Dogs. I spent the rest on heroin to take the pain away.

Those places (in the article) are really beautiful and I'm glad they still exist. If you have a bookstore you love, cherish it and buy things from them as often as you can. Because, one day, it might be gone.

2012-07-13 08:49:50 AM  
I feel that a proper used bookstore, at least, should have at least one cat. Just my sense about it. But cats can perk up a new book store, too.

There is -- or at least used to be -- a bookstore near South Station in Boston. (I want to say just two or three short blocks west, along South Street and then up a bit, towards the old cemetery, but I don't trust my memory or sense of direction.) There was a cat -- I'll call him Fred, since I forget now -- that was there. I didn't see Fred myself on my short visit between breakfast and train, but I couldn't miss the fact of his existence, evidenced by Fred's chair (so marked with a large sign and maybe even an arrow), photos of Fred in the chair and elsewhere, and numerous cat toys. Not seeing him around, I asked, and learned that Fred did not live at the store, as most bookstore cats do. Fred lived somewhere up the street, and I think they may not have even known where, or who he actually owned, where he spent his nights, or maybe even his real name. But he spent most of every day at the bookstore, and so they adopted him during business hours.

That's my idea of an awesome bookstore. They had some books, too, but I didn't have time to browse, and I spent what little time I did have obsessing over the cat.
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