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Bookstores We Love For Their Spirit Of Independence (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 07/01/10 08:59 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 05:55 PM ET

Bookstores have been in the news lately and the subject has been their survival. This is a topic that has been debated since the rise of the chain stores--Barnes & Noble, Walden and others in the 1970s. It has been predicted ever since that the independent bookseller wouldn't be able to compete. In fact the market share of the independent bookseller has become a tiny percentage. But an indie bookstore can still have impact on publishing--staff can hand sell a book and push it to visibility, and nobody makes a better reading recommendation than an indie bookseller.

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Founded in 1894, Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, CA is the oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California. It was also the first bookstore in the country to have a computerized inventory. The store has three locations after expanding several times, having opened a stationery supply store and a second bookstore location in the Hastings Ranch area of Pasadena. Vroman's has its own blog, and president Allison Hill has written for the Huffington Post.
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