Movie: New Cape Breton e book retail outlet tapping into renewed fascination in print | Regional-Small business | Business enterprise

SYDNEY — It’s not just suspense that can make a reserve a site-turner, at minimum that’s the viewpoint of the homeowners of Downtown Sydney’s most recent bookstore.

It truly is also obtaining exhilaration in flipping through precise paper goods and not the limitless and possibly impersonal swiping that comes from e-examining literature.

On Paper Textbooks opened in December on Charlotte Street just after 4 yrs of careful arranging to keen audiences who share a enthusiasm for the printed merchandise. 

“I feel that people are coming back to it and there are numbers that are displaying that more than the very last pair of yrs that publications are earning a comeback,” said Alison Uhma who owns the keep with partner Donald Calabrese. 

“There’s a thing about getting the true artifact that is a book and keeping it and engaging with it. When you are all the time consuming digital information and you have that steel matter in your hand, I believe men and women want to get that emotion in the ebook. There is a thing about it, the feel of the web site and the odor of the e-book. People wander in all the time and say ‘it smells like books.’” 

Their aspiration of opening a downtown bookstore started with the order of the contents of a utilized reserve store in Sackville, N.B. For a short moment, they viewed as preserving the store open up in New Brunswick ahead of a wish to reside and perform in Cape Breton received about. 

The majority of that inventory remained in storage though they waited for the suitable chance to open a retail store of their own in Cape Breton. A location was picked out at the other conclude of Charlotte Road but it was ruined by fire in March 2020, forcing them to uncover an substitute locale. 

The former Ideal of Cape Breton locale would inevitably turn out to be their new residence in time for a December opening. 

That employed guide assortment is discovered in again. New ones are in front together with that welcoming odor of textbooks, Uhma famous, emanating from neat stacks of limitless fiction and non-fiction groups. 


The independent bookstore known as On Paper Books is now open on Charlotte Street. Part-owner Alison Uhma hopes the new store can be part of a ‘book district’ of sorts in a renewed downtown Sydney shopping areas. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON POST - Greg Mcneil
The unbiased bookstore acknowledged as On Paper Guides is now open up on Charlotte Avenue. Part-proprietor Alison Uhma hopes the new shop can be component of a ‘book district’ of sorts in a renewed downtown Sydney shopping regions. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON Post – Greg Mcneil


The new business enterprise now joins Ed’s Publications and More, NPC Video games and Comics and the Cape Breton Curiosity Store as destinations that supply new and applied literature all inside of a shorter going for walks distance.  

“If you go to any wholesome downtown you see much more than one book keep and I believe men and women want to look at it that way. They can really feel definitely fantastic about all the books you can have all over again. I believe it is a indication of a healthful downtown.” 

Ed Gillis, the owner of Ed’s Books, welcomed the new small business to downtown. 

“Our stores I feel present distinctive issues so we are not likely to conflict,” said Gillis, who has tentatively prepared a spring re-opening of his guide shop.  

“Actually, at the time I get back again going if items are a little bit far more at ease, we will enhance each other. There is no explanation why we cannot and I’m on the lookout forward to that. I believe it is a incredibly favourable detail and I hope they can climate the storm.” 


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On Paper Textbooks has only been in operation for a minor around a month but its entrepreneurs ended up encouraged by a shop nearby development in Cape Breton that led to brisk company for the new venture for the duration of the holiday getaway period. 

“We don’t have just about anything to assess it to but when you open up a new shop you hope people today will appear and men and women did,” Uhma stated. 

“It was pleasant to see men and women sharing the beneficial means they ended up feeling about the retail store on the web. It encouraged us to hold going. A whole lot of persons were being coming in and declaring we are buying nearby this 12 months. I have heard that a great deal this year.” 

As a board member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Layout and a former personnel of Doktor Luke’s coffeehouse, she had listened to individuals go over the craze of purchasing area in the past and said it was good to see a transfer in the direction of that this yr. 

“There is so much downtown correct now, far more than there was when I first moved below 10 decades in the past. It is younger folks. And, for the folks who have been all over for a although, they have thought in this space the entire time and they under no circumstances left. We have to give them kudos for that.” 


On Paper Books opened on Charlotte Street in December and provides new/used books, fine stationery and gifts. It is owned by Alison Uhma, shown, and Donald Calabrese. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON POST - Greg Mcneil
On Paper Textbooks opened on Charlotte Avenue in December and gives new/used guides, high-quality stationery and items. It is owned by Alison Uhma, revealed, and Donald Calabrese. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON Post – Greg Mcneil


When operate continues to raise foot targeted traffic, there is by now an lively energy to bring On Paper Publications to a a great deal broader on the web sector. 

The new keep has been chosen as a participant in a Cape Breton Partnership application with ShopHERE driven by Google that will help corporations produce a customized web-site and teaching and equipment to make, launch, and regulate an on the web store.  

Uhma explained they experienced offered some guides online by AbeBooks in the previous and has hopes for community, national and global profits from this plan in the future. 

“Abe hosts a ton of unbiased compact publications suppliers and so we ended up providing some of our scarce books through there, but we’d like to promote them via our own internet site as nicely due to the fact we’d like to serve not just the Sydney place but other pieces of Cape Breton, far too. I know there’s a couple of sites advertising guides, which is really fantastic, but if people today see anything they want and they’d desire to remain sort of neighborhood, we’d like to do that.” 

ShopHERE application is delivered by Cape Breton Partnership in collaboration with Digital Most important Street. 

Businesses that entire the method get a personalized on the internet keep with organization information, branding and a logo. Coaching in digital marketing, transport and stock administration is also aspect of the plan. 


The the vast majority of customers to On Paper Publications to day are less than the age of 30, which bodes nicely for the foreseeable future of the printed ebook and individuals who promote them. Men and women are coming in from every single age demographic, of class, but Uhma is in particular energized to see a youthful age team coming downtown. 

“You listen to a great deal about people going away and then to just see that and have that strength, for me, it is just so thrilling,” she stated. 

“They are so happy to have a new e book store. They all adore Ed’s and go to the comic e book retail store but they adore to have a different issue on Charlotte Street to do.” 

Presently, it is just her functioning in the retail outlet but if company goes nicely, element-time hires will be component of the store’s upcoming. 

Greg McNeil is a business reporter at the Cape Breton Article.