Portland’s Iconic Powell’s Books Is One Of Many Independent Sellers Facing An Uncertain Future
BY TOM CASCIATO / PBS NewsHour
There aren’t so many independent bookshops anymore. They’ve been closing ever since Amazon.com opened, the few remaining ones have been a refuge for readers and writers. But now, with the COVID-19 crisis, many have had to close their doors, at least temporarily. The iconic Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon is a store with an outsized reputation, and like many independent bookstores of late, is struggling to hang on.