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Saturday, May 20, 2017

World's Biggest Bookstores

Biggest is not always best, but there is something to be said for big bookstores:  “there's something pretty breathtaking about a ginormous room full of all the books your heart could ever desire. Even just standing inside one, staring up at the mountains of books that surround you, is enough to give any book-lover serious chills.” 

One of my favourite big bookstores was The Highway Bookshop located on Ontario Highway 11 near Cobalt, Ontario, which operated from 1957 to 2011. Considered a landmark and cultural institution in the region, it was one of the largest and most famous independent bookstores in Canada.  At its peak, the store had over 300,000 titles in stock in a variety of locations, including the main building, on-site trailers and several warehouses.  It has even had a book written about it:  Highway Book Shop: Northern Ontario's Unexpected Treasure by Lois Pollard. 

But if big isn’t to your taste, perhaps you can visit the world’s smallest bookstore: