EARLY next month, Pablo Sierra is opening a used bookstore in north-west Washington - an unlikely bet in the digital age made even more inconceivable given that his only experience with books is reading them. "I guess it is pretty crazy," Mr Sierra said, echoing an observation shared by some of his friends.
Or maybe not. Mr Sierra, like other book lovers, has read articles about slowing e-book sales and watched as independent bookstores such as Politics and Prose thrive, catering to readers who value bookish places as cultural hubs and still think that the best reading device is paper.
Used bookstores, with their quintessential quirkiness, eclectic inventory and cheap prices, find themselves...