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The past several years have been tumultuous for bookstores both big and small, with the shutterings of Borders, the shaky fate of Barnes & Noble, and the ongoing struggle of the St. Mark's Bookshop. That being said, now is definitely the time to support New York City's best local, independent bookstores. And who knows—maybe Spoonbill & Sugartown's recent Girls cameo will help turn the tides.
After the jump, we've rounded up fifteen shops worth spending an entire Saturday afternoon, from Westsider Books uptown to The Community Bookstore on Court Street. Need further proof that print's not dead? This weekend a marks the 20th anniversary of the Annual Book and Media Sale at the Park Slope Methodist Church.