Shakespeare and Company, Paris
I spent my post-college days working in the children's section, and then as the sidelines buyer of Politics & Prose, an independent bookstore and DC institution, where I am absolutely certain I received an education as valuable as the one I paid for at another DC institution. Reading this article by Jeanette Winterson, I learn that "At present, small bookshops in France can thrive because the chains aren't allowed to undercut the cover price of any title by more than 5%." As is stands here, Barnes & Noble, et al. are selling you books for nearly the very same price that publishers charge independent bookstores for them.