No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks…From “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper. Unfortunately that also depicts the demise of many revered book stores.
With the preponderance of electronic tablets (iPad or Galaxy Tab, for example) and especially those designed for reading books (Kindle, Nook, etc), the sales of printed books have decreased dramatically over the last decade. Electronic copies of books today far outsell the printed-on-paper versions. While that may not be a bad thing there are still people who love to read while holding a “real” book in their hands – and actually turning pages manually instead of with a “swipe” on a screen. I happen to be one of those people.
The demise of “real” books has also brought the demise of many once-popular book stores in many areas, such as malls and resort areas. Those of us living at or near the Delaware beaches and even Ocean City, Maryland, have a wonderful resource in downtown Rehoboth Beach. Here is my rendition of the colorful nature of the book store facade.
The inside is just as kitsch – and charming. Books, and plenty of them, along with just about anythig else that you or I may be able to relate to the joy of reading and discovering. Browseabout Books is located downtown at 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. My original photograph can be found in my online gallery at USPictures.com – in the Coastal Delaware Gallery.