Shelf AwarenessCongratulations to Powell's Books, Portland, Ore., named "the best independent bookshop in the world" by the Guardian, with help from its readers. The entry reads:
"This legendary Portland shop is the world's largest used book store--the jewel in the crown of what is claimed to be the largest independent chain of bookstores on the planet. Powell's even provides a map for customers. 'It is amazing! It is a whole city block with several floors of books. Unlike ordinary bookstores,
Powell's has a huge selection of every book imaginable. I took my retired English teacher father there and he went crazy.
It also has a cafe and a selection of antique computers. It is an absolute paradise for bibliophiles!' said John R. Ewing Jr."
Other U.S. stores on the Guardian's list of 10 best indies in the world: at No. 4, City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco, Calif.; No. 6, the Strand, New York City; and No. 7, Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, Minn.