As in the rest of America, the days of the independent bookstore in Montana appear to be numbered ... doomed to extinction by the likes of Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. There are still a couple of fairly-good local places to buy books here in Bozeman, but that's not the case for most of Montana's cities and towns.
There's only one bookstore in all of Montana that I consider a destination in its own right, and its in a fairly unlikely spot: the little town of Alberton. There, the Montana Valley Bookstore has packed an old storefront with well over 100,000 used books, stuffing a maze of narrow, floor-to-ceiling shelves that extend even into the cellar. It's dim and musty and there's a resident cat -- a browser's dream, and one of the greatest ways to spend an hour or two that I can think of.