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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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  • The store has nine color-coded rooms and over 3,500 different sections. The inventory is over 4 million new, used and rare out-of-print books. They buy 3,000 books a day and you can sell your books to...  more »
  • This well known bookstore takes up about a block and huge inside with lots of bustling activity. It can be overwhelming to walk through but there is lots of signage and sections throughout of staff pi...  more »
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  • Gosh, I LOVE this place! Best bookstore ever! I could wander here for hours. Great selection of new and used books. Maps are provided and are very helpful because the store is enormous. They even have a rare books room (where you can purchase or just view books and prints).
  • Maybe the most charming book store I've ever encountered. Amazing that a store with such personality is one of the largest (if not the largest) in the world. It covers an entire city block and is multiple stories high. It had a wonderful coffee shop too with plenty of seating. It's also conveniently located right off the streetcar line. Come check it out.

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