Favorite Bookstores

Recommendations for bookstores for out-of-towners.

I have had occasion to do a bit of traveling lately. When I reach my hotel, I pull out the phone book and look under 'Books' (and related headings) in the Yellow Pages. I write down the addresses, phone numbers, hours of operation of selected bookstores, and then try to determine their general location on the map given to me by the car rental company. Then, when I have time, I try to find these places. I usually don't make it to even half of the ones I select, and a lot of times, they weren't worth the trip anyway. Occasionally, I find a real gem.

What I'd like to see this Group become is ~THE PLACE TO GO~ to cut out a lot of the work I described above.

I want to know where you found that most treasured tome. Which bookstore has the best atmosphere for spending hours browsing the shelves? Which place has the best selection of books? What is your favorite place to get (insert-genre-here) books (there could be several...) and why? I'm interested in "places to go", not "places to avoid".

PLEASE BEGIN EACH SUBJECT LINE with State, City, Bookstore -- Later on, you can then click on "Topic" heading, and they'll all list geographically for you.

Of course, that presumes that the majority of posts will be for bookstores in the U.S -- otherwise, begin with Country first. Then feel free to rave to your heart's content.

TopicTopicMessagesLast Message 
Question about a Las Vegas7 unread / 7mstrust, February 5
Co-op bookstores: seen any?7 unread / 7spiralsheep, November 2020
St. Augustine, Florida1 unread / 1varielle, November 2020
Wigtown, Scotland. The Open Book1 unread / 1Crypto-Willobie, June 2018
Reykjavik, Iceland1 unread / 1varielle, June 2018
Strands in NYC is hiring-take quiz2 unread / 2varielle, January 2018
Save Atlantis Books! (URGENT)2 unread / 2varielle, August 2016
WashDC's used and indie bookstores1 unread / 1Crypto-Willobie, April 2016
Oregon, Portland, Powell's Books2 unread / 2usma83, February 2016
Colorado, Longmont1 unread / 1SaintSunniva, February 2016
Colorado, Holyoke2 unread / 2SaintSunniva, February 2016
Hawaii, Oahu, Kailua, Kailua Library - Used Book Store (attached)3 unread / 3AddictedToMorphemes, July 2015
Washington, Port Orchard, Book 'Em Used Books1 unread / 1AddictedToMorphemes, July 2015
Aruba1 unread / 1varielle, January 2015
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Book Trader1 unread / 1speaker43, December 2014
Maryland, Cumberland, The Book Center1 unread / 1tymfos, September 2014
Wyoming, Lander & Rawlins3 unread / 3SaintSunniva, July 2014
Michigan, Traverse City, Horizon Books3 unread / 3tymfos, March 2014
Detroit, Michigan2 unread / 2tymfos, March 2014
Petition to save Rizzoli1 unread / 1ziska, January 2014
Merrill's Bookshop, Hallowell, Maine1 unread / 1BeauxBooks, August 2013
New Hampshire--Marborough (just outside of Keene) Homestead Books4 unread / 4rsubber, February 2013
Philadelphia, PA, Joseph Fox Bookshop3 unread / 3bostonbibliophile, January 2013
how bookstores survive1 unread / 1berthirsch, August 2012
Colorado, Boulder Book Store1 unread / 1loumarday, August 2012
Connecticut, Books in Barns6 unread / 6benjclark, October 2011
Ft Myers Florida area1 unread / 1benjclark, July 2011
New York, NYC, Argosy Book Store4 unread / 4bostonbibliophile, July 2011
TN, Knoxville, McKay's Used Bookstore1 unread / 1merideth1775, March 2011
California, Grass Valley, Aames and Booktown Books2 unread / 2mkboylan, March 2011
New Jersey, Montclair, Montclair Book Center3 unread / 3Hagelstein, February 2011
Maryland, Baltimore, The Book Escape & Red Emma's1 unread / 1AngeleDawn, January 2011
Minneapolis, MN, Biermaier's Books, Cumming's Books Bite the Dust1 unread / 1LamSon, December 2010
California, San Jose, Recycle Books1 unread / 1nemoman, November 2010
MN, Minneapolis, Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's8 unread / 8brightcopy, February 2010
WA, Vancouver, Cover to Cover Books1 unread / 1CarolO, February 2010
WA, Seattle (actually Lake Forest Park), Third Place Books2 unread / 2whitetara, September 2009
Santa Fe New Mexico - Collected Works1 unread / 1misericordia, September 2009
Richmond, Virginia: Black Swan Books1 unread / 1BeauxBooks, September 2009
California, Santa Barbara. Chaucers1 unread / 1nemoman, August 2009
South Dakota, Custer, Readers' Retreat Bookstore3 unread / 3SaintSunniva, August 2009
Reminisce about shuttered bookstores21 unread / 21lquilter, August 2009
Montreal, Canada : Biosfaire1 unread / 1jefflavoie, July 2009
California, Petaluma, Copperfield's Books1 unread / 1SaintSunniva, July 2009
San Francisco4 unread / 4MissDotty, June 2009
Evanston, Illinois - used bookstore5 unread / 5JolieLouise, March 2009
Bookstore Photos6 unread / 6mstrust, January 2009
Ireland, Galway, Kennys Bookshop and Art Galleries1 unread / 1CarolO, January 2009
WA, Seattle, Wide World Books and Maps1 unread / 1CarolO, January 2009
Washington - Seattle - Ravenna Third Place Books2 unread / 2CarolO, January 2009
Seattle, Washington10 unread / 10maggie1944, October 2008
Colorado, Steamboat Springs2 unread / 2misericordia, September 2008
New York City - Strand Annex Closing2 unread / 2LamSon, August 2008
Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver - Book Warehouse2 unread / 2betterthanchocolate, April 2008
Utah - Salt Lake City - Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore4 unread / 4Makifat, March 2008
Healdsburg, CA Copperfield's1 unread / 1winecat, March 2008
Wyoming, Cheyenne, Phoenix Books & Music1 unread / 1misericordia, March 2008
Oregon - Portland - Powell's!!!9 unread / 9oregonobsessionz, February 2008
Texas, Austin, Book People, 6th St and Lamar4 unread / 4AnnaClaire, February 2008
Berkeley, California4 unread / 4tom1066, January 2008
New York City, The Strand20 unread / 20aluvalibri, January 2008
Olympia, Washington, Orca Books1 unread / 1ostrom, January 2008
Tacoma, Washington1 unread / 1ostrom, January 2008
Maryland, Baltimore, BookThing1 unread / 1melannen, January 2008
New York, Hillsdale, The Book Barn1 unread / 1CEP, October 2007
New Jersey, Cream Ridge1 unread / 1pomonomo2003, October 2007
Oregon - Portland - a few more3 unread / 3RoseCityReader, October 2007
Ontario, Toronto, Mabel's Fables2 unread / 2betterthanchocolate, October 2007
volusia county, florida1 unread / 1andyray, October 2007
Canada, Ontario, Toronto, BMV Bookstore5 unread / 5wosret, September 2007
MA, Cambridge, Grolier Poetry Book Shop2 unread / 2Irisheyz77, September 2007
Ohio, Cleveland, Loganberry Books3 unread / 3DaynaRT, August 2007
Small towns, independent bookstores3 unread / 3oregonobsessionz, August 2007
Conyers, GA - Tattersall's1 unread / 1hobbitprincess, August 2007
West Virginia, Upshur Co., Buckhannon, Books,Books,Books2 unread / 2hobbitprincess, August 2007
New York, NYC, Morningside Books4 unread / 4rebeccanyc, August 2007
Italy, Bologna, Feltrinelli International4 unread / 4TheTwoDs, August 2007
California, San Francisco, William Stout Architectural Books1 unread / 1hexmap, July 2007
Washington, Seattle, Elliott Bay Book Company2 unread / 2aluvalibri, July 2007
Italy, Florence, English Bookstores1 unread / 1nemoman, July 2007
Italy, Bologna, Feltrinelli International1 unread / 1nemoman, July 2007
California, San Diego1 unread / 1nemoman, July 2007
Detroit, Michigan: John King Used Books8 unread / 8vpfluke, July 2007
Iowa and South Dakota1 unread / 1bookworm12, July 2007
Washington, Seattle -- Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers1 unread / 1WholeHouseLibrary, July 2007
Singapore/International/Online - EbookCrescent.com2 unread / 2WholeHouseLibrary, July 2007
Florida - Jax & St Pete2 unread / 2andyray, June 2007
Canada, Ontario, Toronto, TYPE Books2 unread / 2betterthanchocolate, June 2007
Ontario, Toronto, Eliot's Bookshop3 unread / 3Autodafe, May 2007
Peekskill, New York: Bruised Apple Books3 unread / 3bleuroses, May 2007
Bay Area Bookstores, California9 unread / 9aluvalibri, April 2007
New Mexico, Santa Fe, Books & More Books1 unread / 1misericordia, April 2007
New Mexico, Santa Fe, Garcia Street Books1 unread / 1misericordia, April 2007
Colorado, Denver, Tattered Cover3 unread / 3misericordia, April 2007
New Hampshire...2 unread / 2Bookmarque, March 2007
Oregon - Portland - oldimprints.com1 unread / 1oregonobsessionz, March 2007
Wisconsin, Milwaukee -- Renaissance Book Shop - 834 N Plankinton Ave7 unread / 7ExVivre, February 2007
New York, NYC, Three Lives & Company2 unread / 2aluvalibri, February 2007
Australia, Melbourne, Grub Street Bookstore1 unread / 1ryn_books, January 2007
California, San Francisco, Green Apple Books1 unread / 1pechmerle, January 2007
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