Infinite bookstore video


29 Responses to “Infinite bookstore video”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ahhhh ‘The Church’

  2. Dave Rattigan says:

    This place reminds me of The Bookshop in Penticton, BC. Spent many happy hours there.

  3. Anonymous says:

    meh. Powell’s is better by far.

  4. smammers says:

    I’ve been there! It’s overwhelmingly huge. The aisles are also super tall and narrow, making it feel really claustrophobic. You totally feel like you’re in an underground book cave, which is awesome.

    The only thing I didn’t like was that they had a really weird pricing scheme for used books — it seemed to be based on the list price, and most were 50% off, while some in like-new condition were only 10-20% off.

  5. planettom says:

    in German Village in Columbus, Ohio, there’s a bookshop, The Book Loft, which isn’t on this scale in size, but manages to be a pretty good maze that the bookbrowser may want to leave a trail of breadcrumbs as they explore….

  6. avocadotoe says:

    It all makes perfect sense in L-space.

  7. pahool says:

    For any bookstore aficionados who haven’t seen it yet, here’s a nifty little documentary about the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris:

  8. Anonymous says:

    The annex was added some time ago with no fanfare. I discovered it, some months later, when lost in nonfiction, a land unfamiliar.
    The bookmine. You will leave exhausted.

  9. thequickbrownfox says:

    In George St. Sydney back in the ’70s/’80s there was Gould’s Book Store.

    5 or 6 flights of ramshackle book, comic and [vinyl] record miscellanea.

    Not 5 or 6 floors, mind you, apart from the ground floor there were ascending levels and stairs with every vacant area of wall and ceiling space covered in posters, not so much posters of rock stars or movie posters but more like the visual counterpart of what we now use as computer wallpaper.

    It was the place where I discovered R.Crumb and Frank Zappa.

  10. Variable Rush says:

    I live in Jacksonville, FL and have heard of this bookstore and how awesome it is. Though I have never been there. I think I will go there when school lets out next week.

  11. fluff says:

    That is just awesome; can anyone provide me with the exact adress or url of that place?
    I will fly over the ocean, order a container an remain for at least two weeks in this store. From opening to closing time. I have to be there and I will buy anything my heart ever desired.

  12. grimc says:

    Chamblin = 15,000 sq ft.

    Powells = 68,000 sq ft.

  13. macisaguy says:

    One simple pleasure in my life is that I live within a mile of Chamblin’s (who’ve also opened up a space downtown for those who weren’t aware.)

    It’s overwhelming at first…but after numerous visits…it’s one of the most comforting, easy-to-find-your-way-around places on God’s green earth.

    No coffee, no snob employees, no carpet and no comfy reading chairs….it’s perfect.

  14. snakedart says:

    Register my vote for Powell’s. This place would fit inside the ground floor.

    And there are three floors above that.

  15. MrScience says:

    I too came to post about Powells, in Portland Oregon… though I’ll provide some links. :)

    PDF map of rooms, allowing safe traversal.
    Sped up video, walking through Powells.
    And, of course, their website.

  16. Anonymous says:


    ok FLUFF
    After you land in Jax and get your rental drive south on 95 till you get to I-10west (Exit right)
    move to the left lane exit to Roosevelt (exit left)
    follow Roosevelt till you get to the mall (on left)
    and turn left at the last light before the bridge.
    Immediate right before the bank and there you are.
    I lived in Jax for 40 years and spent many a day wandering chamblins. When they were at hershell john made the book racks moterized so that they rolled vetically and doubled the space per book rack.

  17. benjymous says:

    Oddly this looks almost identical inside to the Hay Cinema Bookshop (photos) – this too seems to go on forever…

    …unless they’re actually just two different entrances into the same infinite bookshop…

  18. Anonymous says:

    Chamblin’s is a fantastic bookstore, with an excellent SF selection, and any other genre you can think of. The first time I went there, a few years ago they were in the process of expanding into a second building next door, which it is now connected to.

    One thing they do there is to stack paperbacks sideways, which makes it much easier to read titles -no awkward bending over. I’ve haven’t seen another bookstore do that.

    I grew up a few blocks from where they are, if they had existed back then I’d have paid them for a summer job!


  19. mhains says:

    Jeez, man, learn how to speak into a microphone without popping it.

  20. Anonymous says:

    We get it. Powell’s is better. Thank you Portland. This place is still pretty darn cool.

  21. hiyayaywhopee says:

    House of Leaves references? I need to read that book again. And I’d love to visit that bookstore. I’m not even a bibliophile. I just sort of want to wander.

  22. Takuan says:

    no orangutan?

  23. zikman says:

    oh man, that’s a huge book store. I’ve recently been volunteering at my campus library during my empty summer hours. they have an overwhelming number of books to shelve and reshelve now that the semester is over. I’ve been there countless hours these past few weeks, also getting lost among the seemingly endless shelves…
    it’s gotten me to read more too lately (natch). I visited the local used book store a few blocks from my apartment and even asked them if they needed help with anything. the place is pretty small though, compared to the one in the video.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Eh, The Owl’s Nest in Fredericton, NB is better. It’s not as big, but it features a rolling ladder and a cat named Pepper who roams the store.

  25. saragorn says:

    Yeah, Powell’s always wins the contest for “ridiculously large and multi-faceted” bookstores. Sorry, but true. But praise should be given to any bookstore that thrives, none the less!

  26. Suzanne says:

    Ah, Chamblin’s!! I used to wander those corridors as a kid. In fact, I still do when I visit my parents, who live just outside of Jacksonville, FL.

    Great bookstore. I never come away empty-handed.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Agreed. As a native Portland resident, I have to put in a plug for Powell’s “City of Books”. An entire city block, with multiple floors, and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. And that fits in a city block only because in the early 90s they removed the Technical books to another half-block (but single floor) building a few blocks away.

  28. Master Mahan says:

    Neat. Very Library of Babel.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Chamblin’s prices are way better than Powells. I left Chamblins with a box of great books. I left Powell’s wondering why used books were so pricey.

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