Movie: New Cape Breton guide shop tapping into renewed desire in print | Regional-Business | Enterprise

SYDNEY — It’s not just suspense that will make a reserve a page-turner, at the very least that is the perspective of the proprietors of Downtown Sydney’s latest bookstore.

It truly is also getting pleasure in flipping as a result of precise paper merchandise and not the limitless and perhaps impersonal swiping that will come from e-looking through literature.

On Paper Guides opened in December on Charlotte Road after four decades of cautious setting up to eager audiences who share a passion for the printed item. 

“I assume that people are coming back again to it and there are quantities that are demonstrating that about the past few of many years that guides are generating a comeback,” mentioned Alison Uhma who owns the keep with spouse Donald Calabrese. 

“There’s something about having the precise artifact that is a e book and keeping it and partaking with it. When you are all the time consuming digital facts and you have that steel factor in your hand, I think people want to get that sensation in the e book. There is anything about it, the come to feel of the webpage and the odor of the e book. People today walk in all the time and say ‘it smells like publications.’” 

Their dream of opening a downtown bookstore started with the purchase of the contents of a utilized ebook retailer in Sackville, N.B. For a short minute, they viewed as holding the store open in New Brunswick before a motivation to reside and function in Cape Breton received over. 

The the greater part of that inventory remained in storage though they waited for the appropriate option to open a store of their possess in Cape Breton. A place was picked out at the other finish of Charlotte Avenue but it was wrecked by fireplace in March 2020, forcing them to come across an alternative spot. 

The former Finest of Cape Breton site would finally come to be their new household in time for a December opening. 

That applied e-book assortment is found in again. New ones are in front along with that welcoming smell of textbooks, Uhma famous, emanating from neat stacks of countless fiction and non-fiction classes. 


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 impartial bookstore acknowledged as On Paper Textbooks is now open on Charlotte Street. Component-operator Alison Uhma hopes the new retail store can be component of a ‘book district’ of types in a renewed downtown Sydney searching regions. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON Write-up – Greg Mcneil


The new enterprise now joins Ed’s Books and Additional, NPC Online games and Comics and the Cape Breton Curiosity Shop as locations that give new and applied literature all within a limited strolling distance.  

“If you go to any balanced downtown you see additional than one e-book retailer and I assume persons want to appear at it that way. They can feel seriously wonderful about all the guides you can have yet again. I imagine it is a signal of a balanced downtown.” 

Ed Gillis, the operator of Ed’s Publications, welcomed the new enterprise to downtown. 

“Our shops I assume offer you unique matters so we are not heading to conflict,” reported Gillis, who has tentatively planned a spring re-opening of his e-book retail outlet.  

“Actually, at the time I get back going if factors are a little bit more relaxed, we will complement each other. There’s no cause why we can not and I’m searching ahead to that. I imagine it is a pretty good thing and I hope they can weather the storm.” 


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On Paper Guides has only been in procedure for a minor around a thirty day period but its entrepreneurs were being inspired by a shop regional development in Cape Breton that led to brisk organization for the new venture during the holiday period. 

“We do not have nearly anything to compare it to but when you open a new store you hope people today will appear and persons did,” Uhma said. 

“It was awesome to see individuals sharing the positive techniques they had been feeling about the keep on line. It inspired us to preserve heading. A great deal of people today have been coming in and saying we are shopping local this year. I have heard that a good deal this 12 months.” 

As a board member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Structure and a previous personnel of Doktor Luke’s coffeehouse, she experienced listened to persons discuss the trend of buying community in the earlier and claimed it was awesome to see a go toward that this year. 

“There is so a great deal downtown ideal now, a lot more than there was when I first moved listed here 10 decades back. It is young individuals. And, for the people who have been close to for a while, they have thought in this area the total time and they never still 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 Road in December and delivers new/applied guides, fine stationery and items. It is owned by Alison Uhma, demonstrated, and Donald Calabrese. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON Put up – Greg Mcneil


While work proceeds to increase foot visitors, there’s presently an lively work to deliver On Paper Books to a a lot broader on the internet marketplace. 

The new shop has been selected as a participant in a Cape Breton Partnership program with ShopHERE powered by Google that allows companies create a personalized site and schooling and instruments to develop, start, and control an on line retail store.  

Uhma stated they experienced marketed some books on line as a result of AbeBooks in the past and has hopes for area, nationwide and global income from this application in the long run. 

“Abe hosts a lot of unbiased compact books merchants and so we have been selling some of our uncommon books as a result of there, but we’d like to market them by our own internet site as nicely for the reason that we’d like to serve not just the Sydney place but other components of Cape Breton, much too. I know there is a pair of spots advertising guides, which is truly great, but if individuals see something they want and they’d want to stay type of area, we’d like to do that.” 

ShopHERE program is delivered by Cape Breton Partnership in collaboration with Electronic Key Street. 

Corporations that comprehensive the method get a personalized online store with company info, branding and a logo. Schooling in digital marketing and advertising, transport and inventory management is also section of the program. 


The majority of consumers to On Paper Publications to date are under the age of 30, which bodes well for the foreseeable future of the printed book and all those who promote them. Men and women are coming in from each and every age demographic, of class, but Uhma is primarily energized to see a young age team coming downtown. 

“You hear a large amount about folks relocating away and then to just see that and have that strength, for me, it is just so thrilling,” she mentioned. 

“They are so joyful to have a new book shop. They all adore Ed’s and go to the comedian ebook store but they adore to have a different factor on Charlotte Road to do.” 

Currently, it’s just her doing the job in the retail outlet but if small business goes well, part-time hires will be section of the store’s long term. 

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