This little store on Exchange Street is one of the best places to get your book fix in Portland. The have a few rooms of books, with great small publisher books mixed in with larger run books. Scattered throughout the shop are staff comment cards, with thoughtful and provoking reviews of the books by the people who work with them on a daily basis.
Their magazine section is quite good, and they carry magazines that are often hard to find in a small city like Portland. They also have a small section of used books, which are often surprisingly like new. Books, Etc. has a great variety of books separated into topics, often with a very progressive bent.
The staff is amazing, very warm and welcoming. They really know their books too, and can help you find that perfect summer read. I highly recommend a visit, if you’re in the neighborhood.