July 15, 2009

Reports of its demise have been greatly overestimated

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenny @ 10:57 pm

Anyone who worries about the current state of the print book must take a trip to Powells Bookstore. This was the biggest and busiest bookstore I’ve ever seen–and you’re talking to a Strand devotee. You had to wedge yourself around people to get from the blue room to the gold, and sometimes wait to peruse the A’s (or the Z’s) for one or two other browsers to move along. Sheer ecstacy. Kids spent hours in the rose room and could hardly decide between selections. I wanted to buy ‘em all (and did spend north of a hundred bucks). Anything to keep this wonderful slice of heaven in business forever.


  1. We have the wonderful, elegant, Tattered Cover here in Denver.

    But . . . I have purchased from Powells online a couple of times.

    Glad to hear someone is kicking up the economy!

    Comment by Peg Brantley — July 17, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

  2. Jenny,
    I love checking out – and supporting – local independents when I travel. One of my latest finds is Chester County Book & Music in West Chester, PA (at http://www.ccbmc.com/bookstore.asp ). The staff told me they are the 3rd largest in the country – truly an amazing store.
    Enjoy Oregon!

    Comment by Stefanie Pintoff — July 21, 2009 @ 10:33 am

  3. My dream is to hit this and as many other indies as possible if ever my book is sold! I love the idea of a crisscross the country trip, unearthing all these wonderful collections of book lovers…

    Comment by jenny — July 23, 2009 @ 10:59 am

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