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Pat Weathersbee, right, owner of Books, Etc. on West Fire Tower Road, made a final sales transaction Wednesday for one of her favorite customers, Stacha Garfin of Greenville. Weathersbee will close her used book business Dec. 29 after 10 years at the location.
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Pat Weathersbee, right, owner of Books, Etc. on West Fire Tower Road, made a final sales transaction Wednesday for one of her favorite customers, Stacha Garfin of Greenville. Weathersbee will close her used book business Dec. 29 after 10 years at the location.

Local bookstores battle technology

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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The economy and rising popularity of the Internet have sent some used book store owners in Greenville to an early retirement, but others are filling the void and marketing the smell and feel of paper and leather as a revival experience.

David Nolan Brown, owner since Nov. 1 of David’s Used Books at 232 S.E. Greenville Blvd., in Greenville, believes there are enough real book lovers to help him make a living. The East Carolina University business school accounting graduate bought the store from his former employer after the seller managed only one year of business at the location.


“He said he wasn’t making enough money. I told him most businesses don’t in their first couple years, but he didn’t want to stick with it,” Brown said. “He made me a very fair offer, so I took it.”

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