In the last two days I’ve visited a couple of independent bookstores. One just happens to be across the street from my dentist, so I dropped in after my cleaning. “Frost Books” is the name, they sell new books, it’s a small store and the books are kind of scattered about. They have quite a few of the more popular trade paperbacks and a decent selection of classics. It is a store that I would visit again, unfortunately it’s not very close to my home. Maybe I’ll save up some money to visit after my next dentist appointment.
I visited the second store on my lunch break today. This one, called “Central Book Exchange”, is a used book store with maybe a smattering of new books. It was hard to get my bearings upon entering, difficult to get an understanding of the way everything is organized. Once I figured it out I came to a disappointing discovery, the books are overpriced, or at least I feel they are. I am the type that thinks a used book should be fairly aggressively priced to justify buying it over a new copy. And I don’t feel that the prices are good enough, especially for the condition some of the books are in. This store was pretty disappointing, but I have hope for a few other used stores in my area I have yet to visit.
I am continuing my search for more good local bookstores, now if only I had money to spend when I find them.