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Barnes & Noble Wolf Road, Colonie, 459-8183; 3029 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 583-7717; 402 Balltown Road, Mohawk Commons, Schenectady, 377-0349. They’re so . . . BIG. Well, what can we say? They’ve also got a little café serving Starbucks coffee where you can buy some latte and a muffin, take your books or magazines and read.

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-4761. There’s a knowledgeable staff and a great selection (including local authors) at this independent bookstore in one of the more pleasant shopping centers in the region.

Borders Books & Music 59 Wolf Road, Colonie, 482-5800; 395 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-1200; 3 Southside Drive, Village Plaza, Clifton Park, 383-2121; Crossgates Mall, Guilderland, 452-1054. A book-and-music superstore with live music, book signings and discussions and more. It has a café, too.

Craven Books & Awareness Works 441 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 583-0025. Saratoga’s independent, locally owned bookstore for all ages and interests, classics to bestsellers. Good selection of holistic, self-help, recovery and world religion.

Dove & Hudson 296 Hudson Ave., Albany, 432-4518. Carefully selected collection of used books, reasonably priced, in a wide range of subjects including art, poetry, history, philosophy, literature and political theory.

I Love Books 380 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 478-0715. Great little bookstore, specializing in children’s books and greeting cards for everyone.

Lyrical Ballad Bookstore 7-9 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 584-8779. Saratoga’s rare and antique book specialist now displays part of its collection in a former bank vault. Appraisals.

Mary Jane Books 215 Western Ave., Albany, 465-2238. The only independent and locally owned off-campus textbook store in Albany. Lower prices, buy-backs, and special ordering available.

The Open Door Bookstore 128-136 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-2719. One of the region’s notable independent bookstores, also featuring unique gifts, cards, music and educational toys.

Twice Told 19 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 587-2427. Used books bought and sold, a large children’s selection and some of just about everything.

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