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by wanderer 2005
July 22, 2010
From journal Green in Portland
March 31, 2009
From journal OR
March 7, 2008
April 14, 2003
Here is some of what is on their website:
Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon and occupying an entire city block, the City stocks more than a million new and used books.
Nine color coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles.
With 68,000 square feet packed with books, we buy 3,000 used books over the counter every day.
Approximately 3,000 people walk in and buy something every day. Another 3,000 people just browse and drink coffee.
Our parking garage provides space for 40 cars (ok, so there are bigger parking garages).
We stock 122 major subject areas and more than 3,500 subsections, you'll find more than 1,000,000 volumes on our shelves
Approximately 40,000 book lovers browse the City's shelves every day, in Portland and via the Internet.
From journal Wandering Downtown Portland
Salt Lake City, Utah
July 14, 2001
From journal Portland, Oregon
February 19, 2001
From journal The Thorns and Roses of Portland
by Elli Metz
It's not called a "city of books" for nothing. The main store (there are five or more at present, most of them satellite stores) is located on Burnside, housed in an old warehouse. Three solid floors, taking up a -full- city block, with nothing but shelf after shelf of new and used books positioned side-by-side. Prices are great, and they do take trade-ins for cash, if you're looking to unload.
The literature for the store says, only partly tongue in cheek, that if you're stopping in for the first time, it's advisable to pack a lunch. It's easy to get lost in the stacks and not realize that you've missed the meals for the day -- and it's true. Hours pass like minutes while your arms start to ache with the loads of books you didn't really intend to buy, for much less money than you thought you'd have to spend.
There is an online version of the store at http://www.powells.com, though it has none of the charm of the actual location.
Powell's is definitely one not to miss. Your inner bibliophile will thank you.
From journal A Former Local's Advice: Portland, Oregon
Overland Park, Kansas
September 2, 2000
Browse through the large selection of reading material and marvel at the largest bookstore in the entire country. You're trip can be cheap too. Not only do they sell the brand-spankin' new latest copies of your favorite authors, but they sell used books too at about half the price. That means, we who are on a budget can save some cash.
Powell's is a good place to meet people too. Quietly browse in your favorite section and chat with those who have the same interests. Order a mocha-cappuccino at their coffee bar and settle into a conversation with a local or a traveler like yourself.
I found plenty of postcards to send to friends. While I was away from home, I felt right at home while filling them out in their cafe. There's something about band posters and scruffy looking college kids to bring you back to the real world.
From journal Peaceful Portland