Hybrid Bookstore: Powell’s Books

Best for: New releases, new authors, independent publishing presses

If you have visited the Pacific Northwest, you’ve likely heard of Powell’s books. The brick and mortar Portland shop has been slinging books since 1971, claiming to be the largest independent new nad used bookstore in the world. Though Powell’s City of Books—their headquarters—is located in the Pearl District on the edge of downtown, its online arm is available to everyone in the world. They established their internet presence in 1993, and its existence has contributed substantially to the chain’s growth. They currently employ over 530 people, and their book inventory exceeds two million volumes.


Powell’s offers a range of new and used books at competitive prices. The online store feels very much like a trendy, Portland bookstore—their blog offers everything from popular reads and staff picks to playlists curated by authors and readers. According to their site, the Powell’s mission is, “to be the world’s best destination for readers, a place that fosters a culture of reading and connects people with the books they’ll love.”


In addition to providing excellent prices on new and used books, Powell’s offers several subscription book clubs—everything from mystery to picture books. Sign up and read along with thousands of book club members around the country. Additionally, orders over $50 ship for free, every everything else ships for a flat rate of $4 in the United States. Their sales are staff-curated by theme, helping you find the best deals for your taste in literature.