Big Story Books & Movies is Central Oregon’s biggest independent bookstore. Big Story emphasizes attention to artistic design and a hand-picked selection of classic, popular, and uncommon books and movies. With Big Story we wanted to create an authentic experience that has a real human element which is warm, comfortable and organized. We thought about what is in our environment when we feel our best and the list includes a well organized and clean space full of books, plants, wood furnishings, comfortable seating, and natural lighting.

Our Story

Big Story Books & Movies is Central Oregon’s biggest independent bookstore. In 2017 Big Story was established by Josh Spencer, founder of the world-renowned The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles. Although it’s smaller than The Last Bookstore, visitors to Big Story can expect the same attention to artistic design. The shelves at Big Story include a hand-picked selection of books including classics, popular and uncommon books, plus movies.

Big Story owners Rian & Alyssa Heim

At the start of 2021 Big Story was acquired by Rian & Alyssa Heim. As a result of social unrest, a pandemic, the closure of their business, and feeling worn out from the grind of the big city Rian & Alyssa made the decision to move from their home of 20+ years in Los Angeles to Bend in search of a slower pace, access to nature, and to pursue work that they could look forward to everyday. After taking a job at Big Story, Rian began thinking about what owning and operating the store would look like. After talking with Josh and his wife, Jenna, about the opportunity, the transition of Big Story seemed to make sense for everyone involved. The opportunity for the Heims to own their own bookstore and expand on what Josh had built seemed too amazing to pass up. Locally owned and operated by Rian and Alyssa, Big Story has a bright future and a story that will continue to serve the Bend community.


How Does It Work?

Bring us your Books, DVDs/Blu-Rays between 10AM – 3PM, Mon – Sun. DONATION: We accept and greatly appreciate donations of all books in good condition. TRADING & SELLING: We’ll make store credit or cash offers, typically in 30 minutes or less for up to one box. Any number of boxes are okay, call first if you plan to bring more than 5 boxes.

What Do We Buy?

We offer store credit (and in some cases cash) for the following genres: classics, new and popular modern fiction, mystery/thriller, sci-fi/fantasy, horror, local Oregon books, kids, 1st editions, eclectic, popular art, rare books.

Books, DVDs/Blu-Rays must be in good condition. We typically do not accept books with creased spines, torn dust jackets, water or smoke damage. Kids books should be almost like new. DVDs/Blu-Rays must be free of scratches and include cases/artwork.

What Do We Pay?

Store credit offer is $1-$2 for most books. Store credit offer for current year books is $2-$4. We offer more for books with a higher value. Cash offers are approximately half of the store credit amounts. Store credit offer for kids books is $.50-$1. Store credit offer DVDs and Blu-Rays is $.75-$1.