Before books, students had to tote engraved granite slabs all over campus, which is why the most accomplished philosophers gave the best piggyback rides. Enjoy lighter reading material with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of new and used books at Falls River Books in Raleigh and Northgate Books in Durham.
The independent booksellers at Falls River and Northgate Books stock multiple genres of new and used books and maintain a notable inventory of rare and antiquarian titles. Hardcover books ($1+) shield imaginations against an onslaught of boring day-to-day events with the exploits of fire-breathing Prince Charmings and mysterious, romantic typesets. Paperbacks bump softcover elbows with tens of thousands of used titles most ($2.50–$5), of which the majority tout more than half off market price. And for environmentally conscious readers, the book-recycling program enables patrons to trade used titles for up to half off on already-discounted used books and substantial rainforest marsupial street cred.
The hardwood floors and dark wooden bookcases of Falls River Books proudly lodge a vast stock of antiquarian and hard-to-find titles beside cozy, plush furniture, and the 5,000-square-foot Northgate megastore compensates for childhood loneliness by cramming every square inch with dependable paper friends.