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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

city of books

Portland is home to Powell’s Books. There are seven different locations, but the one that is the coolest is the headquarters, also known as Powell’s City of Books, also known as the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world!

It occupies a full city block, is open 365 days a year, contains over 68,000 square feet of retail floor space, has over four million new, used, rare and out-of-print books and buys around 3,000 used books a day. (They stock the used books right along side the new ones.)

The most amazing thing about Powell’s City of Books is that it is always busy! No matter the hour, there are lots and lots of people sitting around reading, flipping through books, browsing, hanging out. There are author readings, discussions and book groups almost every day. There is also a gallery area with ongoing exhibits.

It is a great Portland destination, even if your wallet is empty. And now that books are beginning to be replaced by Kindles, it’s nice to be in a space where books are all you see for miles of aisles!

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