If you love books, Powells Book Store in Portland OR is going to be a dream come true.
I've always loved Powells City of Books. I used to be a veracious reader when I was younger. Though not as much anymore, the local feel of the book store is what is really captivating and I'll often go just to browse and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea.
Just one more place in Portland that has a romantic and comfortable feel to it.
Powells City of Books is the largest independent book store in the world. No joke. When you walk in the front doors, you will be amazed. 4 floors (68,000 square feet!) and one full block of every imaginable book, in and out of publication.
Check out these amazing stats: Powells City of Books has 9 color-coded sections throughout the various floors that house over 3,500 different sections and over 1,000,000 books. 80,000 Powells Books lovers visit and shop there every single day. Pretty darned mind-blowing, huh? Is it any wonder that in 2013, Livability.com voted Portland its no. 1 city in the U.S. for book lovers?
If you've been searching for hard-to-find and out-of-print stuff, Powells is your hook up! They have a Rare Book Room to accommodate you ;)
Even though there are actually 7 locations in the Portland area, the most famous and talked out is the huge one located at 1005 W Burnside.
Not only can you buy and sell new and used books there, but you can cozy up with a cup of coffee in their own World Cup Coffee & Tea coffee shop and relax or catch a special author event The city of Portland is full of artists and they make Powells Book Store in Portland OR a regular haunt.
But what if you can't find a certain book there (hard to believe, but it does happen!)? Powell's Books has you covered. A recent addition to the store is the Espresso Book Machine. Does it make coffee? Well, no. But it does make books! Really!
This amazing digital technology contraption allows you to choose from over seven million hard-to-find and public domain titles in it's database and then print out a real-life copy, binding, cover, and all....within minutes! The Espresso Book Machine is also used by self-publishing authors. No need to go through a publisher that may not like your book and think it worthy of print. If you like it, use the machine and let the world decide how great you are.
Get more information about the Espresso Book Machine, all it does, and all you can use it for at http://www.ondemandbooks.com/powells
Speaking of digital and this groovy 21st century, you can also purchase and download competitively priced Google eBooks and Adobe Digital Editions straight to your iPhones, iPads, Android Phones, tablet, computer, or what have you. Now, that's convenience!
Powell's City of Books stock a large selection of magazines that wrap half-way around the main floor of the store and also have a shelf of local e-zines from local artists and authors. Some of those are pretty strange, but all are interesting in their own respect.
If you're a collector of action figures, the ones stocked by Powells will flip you out! They have Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Jesus, a nasty librarian, a nutty, old lady who loves cats and many more. Pretty funny stuff.
Print out a Powells City of Books map and take it with you or just a pocketful of breadcrumbs. With 122 major subject areas and more than 3,500 subsections, you may just have a difficult time finding your way back out. But honestly, would you want to? ;)
There are other stores and locations in the Portland area:
Powell's Books on Hawthorne
Powell's Technical Books
Powell's Books for Home and Garden
Powell's Books at PDX
A trip to the downtown Portland area is not complete until you visit Powells Book Store on Burnside. Have fun!
Powell's City of Books
1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
Open Daily, 9am - 11pm, PST
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