• Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal

It’s an irony of the new era that people who worry about the Internet destroying good writing—thoughtful journalism, great books—often use the Internet to cheer one another up. Last night I received this Salon post, sent around by a staff writer here at the Reader, suggesting that substance sells even in the blogosphere. And then my wife forwarded Emily Temple’s marvelous post from Flavorpill, listing—and, best of all, illustrating—the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world.