A firm believer that hard copy books and ebooks can coexist happily ever after, Morgan Dambergs opened her used fiction store, Orphan Books (2394 Agricola Street) about a year-and-a-half ago on what’s become a busy business strip for the north end.
“Ebooks are great for travelling, since they don't weigh you down, but there's a sensory aspect to physical books that ebooks can't quite replace,” she says. “A lot of my customers talk about liking to have a hard copy of a book they want to dog-ear, or mark up, or simply keep on a bookshelf.” A book collector with a background in publishing, Dambergs aims to keep her books—which she gathers from flea markets, donations and customer trades—under $10, catering to customers of all ages, hoping to keep younger readers keen on hard copies. “In an increasingly connected world, sometimes it's nice to turn your devices off and just escape for a while,” says Dambergs. “Books are still one of the best ways to do that, and I think they always will be.”