Our neck of the woods boasts of a number of great independent bookstores. One of the best for our money is the Harvard Bookstore, just outside Harvard Square. Always fun to hop out of the T station and meander down Mass Ave towards Central Square, and just down the road a bit you’ll find an old storefront that invites you in. New books, used books, remainders, and every heading you can think of. If you are in Cambridge, its a must visit. And if you like hamburgers, check out the place at the end of Dunster St., just off Mass Ave. I can’t quite recall the name, but its very good.
Borders is just fine, but the independents need lots of support in this age of cookie cutter, big box retailing.