June 28, 2013

Book Nook to close after 25 years

Trying to get rid of leftover books

After being open for 25 years, the Book Nook is going the way of many used book stores in the digital age: closing its doors for good.

But the store, at 229 N. Hamilton St. in Dalton, where it’s been since 2003, won’t stop selling books until most of its remaining inventory is gone, said Ethan Adams, who is unofficially acting as manager during the close.

Adams said all remaining books will be half off until the yet-to-be-decided final day of business.

“We already sell them half off their original price,” he said. “This is half off that, so basically 75 percent off.”

What doesn’t get sold will likely be shipped to another used book store, Adams said.

“This is the end of another local store in Dalton,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of them going lately.”

Toys in the Attic, a privately-owned toy store that was directly across the street from the Book Nook, closed that location in February but still operates out of the Sassy Flea Boutique and Consignment on West Emery Street.

Such an arrangement won’t be the case for the Book Nook, Adams said.

“It’s too hard to compete with the Internet,” he said. “People can get most of their books on their Nooks and Kindles. Business has just been slow for used book stores. The economy in this area has been tough.”

Adams said the store will also no longer be a hub for local authors who have had their work published.

“And I can’t think of anywhere else local that offers that kind of thing,” he said.

Adams said owner Kevin Blankenship tried a number of things to stave off closing including ending the in-store cafe where staff sold sandwiches and coffee to readers.

Then came cutting evening hours and keeping the store to a 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule.

“None of it seemed to work,” Adams said, adding that he hopes someone will buy the building and start another used book store there in the future.

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