From humble storefront beginnings in 1971 on a derelict corner of northwest Portland, Oregon, Powell’s Books has grown into one of the world’s great bookstores, with seven locations in the Portland metropolitan area, and one of the book world’s most successful dot-coms, serving customers worldwide. Powell’s went online in 1994 and experienced immediate success. Within two years, Powell’s entire inventory was listed on the web.

Here’s what that means for you and me. From right here, you can buy new and used books, audio books, ebooks, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs, t-shirts, Nalgene bottles, gift cards and whatever else Powell’s puts up online. And from time to time, this page will feature a few new must-reads for the progressive-minded soul. Have some recommendations or critiques of your own? Please feel free to share your comments below.

But here’s what else is cool. Do you have three Conservatives Without Conscience? Completely memorized War Is A Racket? Can’t really use Decision Points? Accept their offer and Powell’s will buy it from you, for cash or credit! They’ll even cover your shipping.

What I get out of the deal is 7.5 percent of each transaction. That helps me to meet the modest expenses of operating The Blue Highway. So please feel free to click around, run a search or two and invest a few buck in the progressive cause, knowing that everyone eventually benefits (whether they like it or not). Go ahead, try it out:

Or start browsing here: Books: Politics or DVDs: Documentary or Politics: Audio Books.

We thank you for your patronage, and remember what they say: If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

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