Last Bookstore first began at a downtown Los Angeles loft in 2005. The idea started when owner Josh Spencer decided to stop his eBay business and start selling books. In December 2009 a small location in the Old Bank District on 4th and Main opened up and Last Bookstore became available to the public.
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As one of the last places in Los Angeles still buying used books, the inventory filled up quickly. At the end of their lease in 2011 the shop moved to a 10,000 square foot location on 5th and Spring St and added a record shop and coffee bar within the store. A recent 6,100 square foot expansion currently holds the Labyrinth Above the Last Book Store with over 100,000 $1 books.
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Last Bookstore is now the largest independent bookstore in California and was named 2012's Best Bookstore In Downtown by both LA Weekly and The Downtown News.
-Paige Schwimer, Publications, Nothing in Particular