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.