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December 1, 2013

Local bookstores face digital competition

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He has observed the eReader technology level off lately and feels readers will still want to hold an actual book in their hands. He said that there is a lot of resistance to eReaders in the “tweens and teens” age group. 

“These are the kids who were read to at an early age and they aren’t ready to switch,” he added.

Diversification helps

In a slightly different market, but nonetheless a book shop, the Almanzo Wilder Farm on Stacy Road in Burke hasn’t been affected too much by the advancement of reading technology. 

“What benefits us is that we are a destination point for most folks,” said Karen Carre, board member and store manager. “Our books sell very well because people visit the farm and get caught up in the ambiance and want to take a bit of it home with them.”

She said that when they hold special events at the farm, their books can sell out, especially to collectors.

“We see parents and grandparents bring their children and grandchildren and get them started reading the Little House series books,” she said. “Also, if someone collects and is missing one, they will buy it here.”

All three bookstores said they diversify, and that helps with sales.

Cornerstone Bookshop fills special orders for customers and also sells new books on local topics like the Adirondacks, hiking, fishing and books by local authors. At the Wilder Farm, books for sale also include those written by Rose Wilder Lane, Laura’s daughter, and William Anderson, a known authority on the Wilder and Ingalls families.

The Bookstore Plus also offers art supplies, stationary and greeting cards among other products, and eBook downloads on their website, www.thebookstoreplus.com.

“Let’s just say we’ve been in business since 1973, we are a second-generation bookstore and eReaders are not putting us out of business,” said Glavin.

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