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Pages Keep Turning for The Book Den
Eric Kelley Celebrating 35 years as Owner of venerable 112 year old establishment
The Book Den is “the bookstore everyone loves” and you can show your love during the month of April, as Book Den owner, Eric Kelley is celebrating his 35th year as head ‘Denizen’ of Santa Barbara’s downtown bookstore that stocks new, used collectible and hard-to-find. It’s also California’s “oldest used book store” – now 112 years old. Cruise into the long-narrow store with that special ‘book’ aroma and you’ll also find brand new books – hardback and paper – to choose from in the inventory and people who know their stock & trade to help you find the perfect book.
Taking over the store in 1979, Kelley has ridden the highs and lows of the book market through it all - from the big bookstore chains to the internet and back – The Book Den survived. No small feat considering the tsunami of competition. In 2010, when big box bookstores failed, it made The Book Den the largest bookstore downtown. Kelley actively added new books to the inventory. Now the store sells an equal amount of old and new books. “It’s around 50/50,” said Kelley. “I’m so glad to still be in business 35 years later and really want to let everyone in town know we stock the latest best-sellers now as well as new books in paperback.” Kelley noted, “Under 10% of all books sold are sold in independent bookstores like this” – given those odds it’s even more impressive and a testament to his tenacity The Book Den is still serving book fans.
To read the full story, go to: http://www.bookden.com/pages.php?page_id=extrapage_27.
The Book Den will be part of First Thursday on April 3, from 5 – 8 pm put on by the Downtown Organization. We invite you to join us and discover why the oldest used bookstore in California is still around and why it is “the bookstore everyone loves” – it’s the people who make the store special.
The Book Den
15 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Mon-Sat 10a – 6p; Sun. 12-5 pm
New, used & out-of-print
Santa Barbara’s Downtown Bookstore
California's Oldest Used Bookstore