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Justine Epstein and Greg Theilmann don’t flinch in the face of the inevitable question that friends, family members and just about anyone who knows they’re opening a bookstore in North Park ask; some version of, But why are you opening a brick-and-mortar bookstore now when everything’s gone digital?
“It does seem strange,” said Epstein. “There are a lot of options now, especially with consuming media in general.”
Epstein and Theilmann co-own Verbatim Books. The new bookstore, located on the corner of 30th Street and North Park Way, is stocked with mostly used books, plus a few new ones by San Diego authors. It’s set to officially open in mid-January.
Epstein worked at a used bookstore in Hillcrest for a decade before striking out on her own. She said the old shop where she worked made it through the economic slump and even saw business boom after 2013. She’s confident the used-bookstore formula is far from broken. If someone’s looking for a new book and knows the title, she said an e-reader is probably the best bet. But for people who only know they want to read something interesting – a book that’s stood the test of time – she said there’s no online replacement that can compare to walking up and down the aisles of a used bookstore and talking to the knowledgeable book nerds who staff the place.