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SYDNEY — It’s not just suspense that would make a e-book a web site-turner, at least that is the standpoint of the homeowners of Downtown Sydney’s latest bookstore.

It is also locating pleasure in flipping by means of real paper goods and not the infinite and probably impersonal swiping that comes from e-studying literature.

On Paper Publications opened in December on Charlotte Avenue after four a long time of mindful scheduling to keen audiences who share a passion for the printed item. 

“I feel that men and women are coming back to it and there are quantities that are demonstrating that about the previous couple of yrs that books are making a comeback,” mentioned Alison Uhma who owns the shop with husband Donald Calabrese. 

“There’s some thing about having the true artifact that is a reserve and holding it and participating with it. When you are all the time consuming digital facts and you have that metal matter in your hand, I imagine men and women want to get that experience in the book. There is one thing about it, the really feel of the page and the smell of the reserve. People wander in all the time and say ‘it smells like guides.’” 

Their aspiration of opening a downtown bookstore started with the obtain of the contents of a utilised e book shop in Sackville, N.B. For a temporary second, they considered trying to keep the store open up in New Brunswick just before a motivation to dwell and perform in Cape Breton received around. 

The vast majority of that inventory remained in storage even though they waited for the correct chance to open up a shop of their individual in Cape Breton. A location was picked out at the other end of Charlotte Avenue but it was ruined by fire in March 2020, forcing them to find an choice location. 

The previous Most effective of Cape Breton locale would at some point develop into their new residence in time for a December opening. 

That made use of e book assortment is discovered in again. New types are in entrance alongside with that welcoming odor of books, Uhma famous, emanating from neat stacks of unlimited fiction and non-fiction types. 


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 Publications is now open on Charlotte Road. Element-proprietor Alison Uhma hopes the new store can be aspect of a ‘book district’ of types in a renewed downtown Sydney browsing locations. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON Article – Greg Mcneil


The new business enterprise now joins Ed’s Textbooks and A lot more, NPC Online games and Comics and the Cape Breton Curiosity Store as places that offer new and made use of literature all in a brief going for walks distance.  

“If you go to any healthier downtown you see a lot more than one particular guide retailer and I believe men and women want to search at it that way. They can experience definitely fantastic about all the books you can have yet again. I think it is a indication of a healthier downtown.” 

Ed Gillis, the owner of Ed’s Guides, welcomed the new business enterprise to downtown. 

“Our outlets I feel give diverse items so we are not going to conflict,” said Gillis, who has tentatively planned a spring re-opening of his e book store.  

“Actually, the moment I get again heading if factors are a little bit extra comfy, we will complement every other. There is no explanation why we cannot and I’m searching ahead to that. I consider it’s a extremely constructive thing and I hope they can temperature the storm.” 



On Paper Textbooks has only been in procedure for a little above a month but its house owners were being inspired by a store regional pattern in Cape Breton that led to brisk business for the new venture through the holiday break period. 

“We never have just about anything to evaluate it to but when you open up a new keep you hope people will appear and individuals did,” Uhma stated. 

“It was great to see men and women sharing the good methods they had been sensation about the shop online. It inspired us to maintain going. A large amount of individuals ended up coming in and expressing we are shopping community this calendar year. I have read that a whole lot this year.” 

As a board member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design and style and a former staff of Doktor Luke’s coffeehouse, she had read men and women focus on the pattern of buying local in the earlier and claimed it was good to see a move in the direction of that this yr. 

“There is so a great deal downtown appropriate now, a lot more than there was when I to start with moved here 10 yrs back. It is youthful people. And, for the people today who have been all over for a while, they have believed in this spot the full time and they by no means 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 Books opened on Charlotte Road in December and offers new/utilized publications, wonderful stationery and items. It is owned by Alison Uhma, demonstrated, and Donald Calabrese. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON Article – Greg Mcneil


Whilst get the job done proceeds to improve foot site visitors, there’s now an energetic effort to carry On Paper Guides to a substantially broader on the internet market place. 

The new shop has been picked as a participant in a Cape Breton Partnership program with ShopHERE run by Google that allows firms produce a custom-made web-site and teaching and resources to make, start, and regulate an on the internet shop.  

Uhma stated they experienced bought some textbooks on-line via AbeBooks in the earlier and has hopes for community, countrywide and intercontinental profits from this software in the upcoming. 

“Abe hosts a ton of unbiased small publications retailers and so we were marketing some of our scarce guides as a result of there, but we’d like to provide them via our possess web page as very well mainly because we’d like to serve not just the Sydney spot but other pieces of Cape Breton, much too. I know there is a couple of areas marketing guides, which is definitely wonderful, but if individuals see some thing they want and they’d want to continue to be type of local, we’d like to do that.” 

ShopHERE method is shipped by Cape Breton Partnership in collaboration with Electronic Most important Road. 

Firms that complete the method get a custom made on the internet retailer with small business facts, branding and a brand. Education in electronic marketing and advertising, delivery and inventory management is also portion of the software. 


The the greater part of shoppers to On Paper Books to date are under the age of 30, which bodes effectively for the future of the printed e-book and those who sell them. Persons are coming in from each age demographic, of class, but Uhma is particularly fired up to see a younger age group coming downtown. 

“You hear a ton about people shifting away and then to just see that and have that vitality, for me, it is just so thrilling,” she said. 

“They are so happy to have a new e-book store. They all like Ed’s and go to the comic e book shop but they like to have one more point on Charlotte Street to do.” 

Currently, it’s just her doing the job in the retail store but if business enterprise goes very well, aspect-time hires will be component of the store’s future. 

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