Local bookstores brave small businesses, Amazon and e-books

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

"There's nothing like instant gratification if you need a book right away," explained Lauren.

Even though the e-book accounted for 22.5 percent of overall revenue in 2012, up from 16.98 percent in 2011, according to Afterdawn.com, for Diane, there's no comparison between purchasing an electronic book versus the real deal.

"The price of a movie ticket is so much and yet in two hours, it's over," Diane added. "You can spend days with a book, it looks good on your shelves and expresses your tastes. And then, you can go back and read it all over again."

Plus, Diane adds, you don't want to take expensive electronic devices to the pool.

The staff of five enjoys different genres of books, which lends to what gets shelved. With her background in sculpture and painting from her degree at Dallas Baptist University, Lauren brought her skills to the bookstore and opened a gallery, which adds to the distinction of Hidden Lantern from other stores.

"The gallery and bookstore compliment each other and hosts a lot of community events," Diane said.

Those events include gallery openings and art workshops for both children and adults. The bookstore plays host to other events such as bible study, author signings and children's story time with Seaside Repertory Theatre. 

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