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Bookstores enter new chapter of business

Local bookstores have resorted to delivery and curbside pickup only.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 6:43 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Local bookstores such as Smith Family Bookstore are adapting to social distancing rules, providing curbside pickup for customers.

"It's working well for our friends in the restaurant world," owner Evon Smith said. 

Smith said her store has seen a lot of interest so far. They're also taking extra precautions on all orders. 

"We've always cleaned all our used books before we put them out for purchase," Smith said. "All our books have always got a wipe-down with alcohol or some disinfectant."

Jeremy Nissel of J. Michaels Books in Eugene is taking similar measures by offering free delivery within a five-mile radius. Nissel said it's important to reach customers during this time.

"They're interested in catching up on things they haven't read in the past and keeping up with what's current and getting their minds off things," Nissel said.

With many libraries and schools closed, bookstores have become a valuable resource for students.

Both Smith Family Bookstore and J. Micahels Books have received many calls from parents and teachers asking about in-stock inventory for class and summer reading lists.

"We have a huge children's book inventory," Smith said. "I suspect this is going to be an important resource."

Both stores have online inventories and are available for phone orders. 

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