As E-Books Dominate Printing, Collectors Gather to Trade Rare Finds

The Miami Herald recently ran a front-page article with the ominously doomsaying title “The Vanishing Bookstore,” in which the paper reported on the recent closings of many of the last remaining bookstores in South Florida. The proliferation of the e-book has shut down a great deal of booksellers, and this extends to the rare book community as well.

The independent rare book dealers in South Florida now mostly work out of their homes or storefronts by appointment.

Steven Eisenstein, proprietor of A-Book-A Brac Shop out of his Miami Beach residence, explains that “the local Miami scene is a mere shadow of itself.”

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