Local bookstores brave small businesses, Amazon and e-books

Published: Friday, June 28, 2013 at 04:59 PM.

"We receive a shipment of books and place orders everyday," Linda said. "Some days we'll receive as many as 30 boxes of books."

In business for 27 years, 15 of which have been in their current location in the heart of Seaside, the Whites have sustained business even though competitors, Books A Million and Barnes & Noble, are not too far away. Even with the rise of Amazon and e-books, Sundog Books is doing better than ever, Linda said.

"We have a great location and great clientele who buy books while also having Kindles," Linda said. "We're better than ever."

The biggest obstacle that Sundog has faced is weather.

"The roughest years were during hurricanes and the BP oil spill," Linda told the Sun.

When Sundog originally opened, the store's business hours were only during the seasonal boom in spring and summer. Now, the store is open seven days a week all year long with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. The store even stays open on New Year's Eve.

"We can actually make money throughout the entire year," Linda said with laugh. "It's all because of how 30A has grown."

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