san francisco's acorn books, truly a mouse that roars: since giving them a customer feedback card a year ago, i've received weekly e-mails with hyperlinks to purchase rare books in the categories i mentioned. someone actually rummages through their intake piles every week to see if they've bought anything by ted hughes or eavan boland - extraordinary. give them money. for this, maybe.

alibris, a portal for independent bookstore inventories, is also quite fine - but i'm still more impressed by the acorn guys.

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