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Powell's City of Books, Portland

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Powell's City of Books fills an entire city block, where it sells new and used books. The company claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the U.S. It buys over 3,000 books every day to sells in its used and rare book sections. Be sure to stop by the rare book room where autographed copies and rare editions are displayed. Called "the coolest bookstore in the world" by CNN, the store hosts art exhibits and author events. Visit the website for a list of upcoming book signings. Plan to visit Powell's City of Books during your Portland vacation using our convenient Portland journey site .
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  • This is an incredible Bookstore. They have such an amazing collection and variety of books and some pretty amazing swag as well. If you like ironic stocking stuffer sized/priced gifts this is a must v...  more »
  • Loved this place. Just wanted to stay forever. I never got out of the young adult room and was there for 2 hours! Wish we had scheduled more time. Used and new books side by side and displays of their...  more »
  • It's an amazing maze of stores, different levels, all filled with books. Also a must is to have time to explore! Very helpful staff - they know their books. It's also fun to sit at the reading bar whe...  more »
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  • One of the largest bookstores in the world, a book lover's paradise! They sell both new and used books (you can trade in books for store credit), and you can even find rare and antique books here. It's kids friendly, with a large area dedicated for children's books and toys. For indie writers, they have a machine that can print and bind your work on-site. The store is so big they give you a map so you don't get lost. Aside from books, they also sell home decor items, accessories, toys, and Portland themed souvenirs (what brick and mortar bookstores have to do to survive these days). This place is worth a visit, even if you're not an avid reader.
  • Powell's is the quintessential store for book lovers. It is a paradise of paper. Powell's presents its customers with the perfect mix of old and new books, some never touched, others lightly used, all with the desire to be read. With permission, you may enter the Rare Book Room on the top floor to find books you could only dream of seeing elsewhere. With 4 levels and a building the length of a city block, there is no end to what you can find at Powell's. The staff are always helpful, and in every section you can find Staff Picks, helping you find more books like ones you already know and love. Or, ask for recommendations from the staff for a new book and I guarantee they will find you something you will love. Sit down with a new book in the coffee shop, or wander through aisles of books reaching the ceiling, you can get lost in Powell's, and it's the best kind of lost there is.
  • I've visited Powell's 5 times in the last 3 days on my visit to Portland, and each time I've visited a new section of this store. 4 of the 5 times I've entered through a different entrance and each time I've found a new reason to love the store. I have only covered about 7% of the store's offerings, too. Easily the largest and most comprehensive bookstore I've ever been to. I was able to pick up 3-4 books I've never even heard of and my wife got a terribly difficult to find book for her doctorate program. The employee we asked for help said, "if Amazon has it, we'll have it in stock". Extremely impressive and so much fun to visit.
  • My favorite bookstore! You can find *almost* anything here. They buy books back (you get more if you take store credit, but they also pay cash) based on their needs at the time. You can also buy online and have books shipped, which I have had great experiences with. Looking up the books you want on the website will tell you whether it's in stock at the store, and if so, which section to look in. They do sometimes have books at a warehouse or a different location, which is another reason I've bought online and had it shipped rather than driving all over Portland. It's a huge store and it's very easy to spend hours browsing the different aisles!
  • All the books. That's what they have here. All of them. Do yourself a favor: close your eyes and spin around three times. Now you're lost. This place is huge and full of rooms full of books. I kid you not, you have to navigate through the store by author. If you're not well read, you're going to be here awhile. Five stars.

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