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List Rules Independently owned bookstores only (Barnes & Noble doesn't count), located anywhere in America.

Independently owned bookstores bring a kind of character and intimacy that no chain bookstore can rival. Anyone visiting a city should check out the unique bookstores that are to be found there - it's a great way to learn more about the personality of the city and its individual history. 

Many bookstores, like Powell's Books, in Portland, OR, have become landmarks in their respective cities. Some bookstores, like the Poisoned Pen, do one genre better than anyone else. Others, like Parnassus, are run by authors themselves who want to share their love of books and their community. Listed here are some of the best independent bookstores in all of the United States, along with their location and website.

Vote up the independent and locally owned bookstores you love, and add any great independent booksellers from anywhere in America, if they aren't already listed.

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Powell's Books is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Powell's Books Portland, OR

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Strand Bookstore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Strand Bookstore New York, NY - New York, NY

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Skylight Books is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Skylight Books Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA

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The Last Bookstore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
The Last Bookstore Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA

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City Lights Bookstore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
City Lights Bookstore San Francisco, CA

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Quimby's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Quimby's Chicago, IL

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Baldwin's Book Barn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Baldwin's Book Barn West Chester, PA

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Elliott Bay Book Company is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America

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Vroman's Bookstore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Vroman's Bookstore Pasadena, CA - Pasadena, CA

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Harvard Book Store is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Harvard Book Store Harvard, MA

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Booksmith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Booksmith San Francisco, CA

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Smith Family Bookstore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Smith Family Bookstore Eugene, OR - Eugene, OR

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Myopic Books is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Myopic Books Chicago, IL

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Kramerbooks & Afterwords is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Washington, DC

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McNally Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
McNally Jackson Manhattan, NY

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Mercer Street Records is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America

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Book Soup is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Book Soup Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA

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Dolphin Bookshop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Dolphin Bookshop Long Island, NY - Port Washington, NY

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Stories Books and Cafe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Stories Books and Cafe Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA

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Housing Works is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Housing Works New York, NY

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Women & Children First is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America

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Maple Street Books is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Maple Street Books New Orleans, LA

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Politics & Prose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Politics & Prose Washington, DC

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Wild Rumpus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Wild Rumpus Minneapolis, MN

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Bart's Books is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Bart's Books Ojai, CA

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Seminary Co-op is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Seminary Co-op Chicago, IL

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The Poisoned Pen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
The Poisoned Pen Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona - Scottsdale, AZ

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Tattered Cover is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Tattered Cover Denver, CO

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Bookmill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Bookmill Montague, MA

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Commonwealth Books is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Commonwealth Books Boston, MA

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The Samuel French Hollywood Bo... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
The Samuel French Hollywood Bookshop Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles, CA

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Square Books is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Square Books Oxford, MS

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Atomic Books is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Atomic Books Baltimore, MD

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Blue Bicycle Books is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Blue Bicycle Books Charleston, SC

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A Room of One's Own is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
A Room of One's Own Madison, WI

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Village Books is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Village Books Bellingham, WA

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John K. King Used and Rare Boo... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America

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Full Circle Bookstore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Full Circle Bookstore Oklahoma City, OK

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Prairie Lights Bookstore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Prairie Lights Bookstore Iowa City, IA

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Parnassus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Independent Bookstores in America
Parnassus Nashville, TN