Carlson Turner Books & Bookbindery on Congress Street in Portland, Maine welcomes curious customers into their shop of antiquities and leather-bound books over a brick and granite in-lay sign on the ground.

Walking into the shop is a full sensory experience. The thick aroma of yellowing pages and leather bindings is intoxicating. The colors of the books create a rainbow of literature for your eyes. You may hear the ticking of an old typewriter or the hushed voices of other bookworms browsing the stacks.

In a world where tablets replace newspapers and stories are 140 characters or less, Carlson Turner Books & Bookbindery transport us to a simpler, more well-read time.

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