The last bookshop.

A second visit to this bookshop bought forth more delights. People seemed to especially enjoy selling their used books  as one of the last places in LA still buying books.  The inventory quickly overflowed the shelves, and at the end of our lease June 2011 the Last Bookstore moved to the 10,000 sq. ft location at 5th & Spring St.  A record shop and coffee bar filled out the ground floor September, 2011.  Most recently, they expanded another 6,100 sq. ft. by opening up the Labyrinth Above the Last Bookstore on our mezzanine level, with over 100,000 books all priced at one dollar each!  Now they’ve become the largest independent bookstore in California buying and selling used & new books and records.

The name was chosen with irony, but it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy as physical bookstores are dying out like dinosaurs from the meteoric impact of Amazon and e-books.  With the constant turnover of stock, regular musical and literary events, and coffee and vinyl LP shop, the book-lovers at the Last Bookstore hope to last as long as we can in downtown LA’s vibrant new community.

I think you will enjoy the ambiance as much as I did. I wish I could buys some of the $1 books in the labyrinth upstairs but I was just happy to look and photograph.

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