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For over a decade, The Big Idea has been bringing Pittsburghers hard-to-find radical and progressive literature from publishers like AK Press, PM Press, South End Press, New Society Publishers, Microcosm Publishing, CrimethInc., Haymarket, Chelsea Green, Autonomedia, Soft Skull Press, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, Eberhardt Press, and more. We order from worker-owned cooperatives, like AK Press and Justseeds, and small independent presses when possible, but we also order from larger publishers when necessary.

If there is a book that you would like to see in the store or that you would like us to special order for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Lars at We can also carry course reserves.

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