Ask any reader and book collector about the allure of shopping in a used bookstore and you'll likely hear about the adventure of finding an author or book title that is missing from his or her collection.
Nancy Wright, owner and operator of Nancy's Paperbacks in the Lake Cable shopping plaza, spends a lot of her time helping her customers find those books. Customers stop in and ask her for a particular title or author.
Wright knows just where to look.
She has been selling and trading used paperback books for more than 27 years.
"Every day is different in this business," Wright said. "I was a nurse but didn't want to do that anymore after my kids grew up. My brother started a store like this in Niles, Ohio and he got me started with my own store."
For the last 12 years, Wright has been selling books through her current storefront in Lake Cable. She offers slightly used paperbacks in just about any genre including westerns, religious, war, bestsellers, romance and classics. There are some hardcover books in the cookbook and children's sections.
Her favorite books are the mysteries, especially Stuart Woods. She likes his Stone Barrington character.
But even that passion isn't always enough to stay afloat. Reading, Wright said, is as popular as ever, but traditional books are falling out of favor. E-books, she said, have hurt the used book business.
"I get adults, teenagers and kids who come in for books," Wright said. "Everybody is still reading books but the e-books have hurt the book business in general."
One local couple, John and Linda Henzel, are two of the many regular customers who come into the store. They both have favorite genres and authors.
"I like the romance authors like Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, and Kristan Higgins and John likes authors like James Patterson," Linda said. "John will bring some his books back for a trade-in but I haven't brought any back. I keep all my books especially books by Nora Roberts."
The store has a lot of character with every shelf stacked full of books. Wright bought the specially designed shelves many years ago from a local high school shop class. The books are stacked so that Wright can find the titles quickly when a customer is searching for that one "hard-to-find" title.
Wright enjoys the book business and plans to keep selling and trading paperbacks into the future. The best part of all she said are the people that come in.
"I really enjoy the business and it's always interesting," Wright said. "I get to meet a lot of nice people and avid readers. The people really are the best part and I have a lot of great customers."