Powell’s Books was founded in 1971 by father and son team Walter and Michael Powell. Powell’s Books claims to be the largest, independently owned bookstore in the world. The company states that it buys approximately 3,000 used books every single day.
The company has 4 locations in Portland, with the largest being dubbed the “Powell’s City of Books.” The building has two floors, including a rooftop garden. Powell’s began selling and buying books online in 1993. The company remains in the family, with Michael Powell turning over control of the business to his daughter Emily in 2010.
Powell’s Books has offered free shipping on DVD’s since 2004. In 2010, the company announced that it had purchased Ann Rice’s library, a total of 7,000 books. The company is also a charter member of Google’s eBook service since December of 2010.