True, Half Price Books isn’t an independent bookstore. But any place that sells used books is worth digging through for bargains, and they also carry calendars, music, DVDs, games, and gift items. The inventory rotates pretty regularly, so there’s usually something new on each visit. The University District location is a good resource for penny-pinching students hunting down required-reading classics, and they have store events like reading activities for kids and self-published book contests. If only they had some live-in cats, like all the other bookstores.