Best Bookstore 

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble

West Ashley. 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 556-6561

Mt. Pleasant. 1716 Towne Centre Way. 216-9756

N. Charleston. 7620 Rivers Ave. 572-2322

While Barnes & Noble has won Best Bookstore for nine years straight, it wasn't always that way. When the City Paper first sent out a call for readers to vote for their favorite bookstore in 1998, Books-A-Million and downtown store Chapter Two tied for the title. So what happened? Well, although B&N may have been slow to expand at first, they eventually started to edge their competitors out in regional markets with their in-store coffeehouses; an extensive selection of specialty trade and foreign magazines; hand-picked, intelligent staffers (just try filling out a B&N application -- it'll send you on a nostalgia trip down college essay-test lane); and their popular Member Program, which offers discounts both in the store and online. And where are B-A-M and Chapter Two today? The former recently shuttered its West Ashley location, bringing their Lowcountry presence down to two stores, and the latter, sadly, closed years ago.


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