By: Francesca Gugino
photo source: http://www.fallsbookcorner.com
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – More than a decade ago reading was revolutionized with the introduction of the Kindle, followed by the Nook and several other e-readers. The way people purchased books and read books began to change as online downloads became increasingly popular and more easily accessible. But within the past few years there has seemed to be a shift, at the hands of millennials, toward used books and other print forms of literature.
The used book market produces not only a unique social atmosphere, but is an eco-friendly investment. Used books, according to the 22-34 year old demographic that is increasingly supporting the used book market, are intended to be read and passed along from person to person and generation to generation.
As reading has become more popular, the “hipster” trend has focused on the importance of affordable print literature with rich character. The aesthetic of reading and purchasing books plays a large factor into the movement toward used books stores and cafes that sell used books. From old opera houses to small corner stores, the repurposing of buildings to create used book stores is alive and well, serving and promoting the importance of literature as an art form and supporting millennial environment concerns.
One of these hidden jewels is located on Main Street in Niagara Falls, about a five minute drive from campus. The Book Corner is a used book store that is full of literature, rich history, antiques and provides the idealized scene. Located directly next to Rapids Theater, The Book Corner has three full floors of new and used literature, as it is “the largest independent bookstore in Western New York”(The Book Corner History). This local novelty was founded in 1927 and since then has moved and expanded to its current space of 10,000 square feet. It is not only a place for reading and purchasing books, but there is a wide selection of antiques and a vinyl collection that is continuously growing.
The Book Corner also hosts several events during the years. On Oct. 13, the shop held its annual Slipstream poetry reading. Slipstream is a renowned literary journal, which is full of incredible poetry. Several poets read at the event, including a local poet who will be reading at Niagara University in early November. The event was free, snacks and drinks were provided and the atmosphere was welcoming and open. The Book Corner also hosts signings by authors. The most recent signing was Oct. 20, in which S.E. Kenneth Cosentino discussed his newest work “Secret Teachings of the Hidden Masters.”
For more information on events, visit The Book Corner’s website and Facebook page.
Hours: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays until 7 p.m.
1801 Main Street
P.O. Box 66
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
(716) 285-2928 (716) 694-8242
Fax (716) 285-1580