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SYDNEY — It’s not just suspense that will make a e book a webpage-turner, at least that’s the perspective of the house owners of Downtown Sydney’s newest bookstore.

It is really also getting enjoyment in flipping by true paper products and solutions and not the endless and perhaps impersonal swiping that comes from e-studying literature.

On Paper Guides opened in December on Charlotte Avenue following 4 yrs of mindful scheduling to eager audiences who share a passion for the printed merchandise. 

“I feel that people today are coming again to it and there are numbers that are displaying that more than the very last few of decades that books are earning a comeback,” reported Alison Uhma who owns the shop with spouse Donald Calabrese. 

“There’s a little something about owning the true artifact that is a e book and holding it and partaking with it. When you are all the time consuming digital details and you have that metallic factor in your hand, I imagine persons want to get that sensation in the e book. There’s one thing about it, the sense of the website page and the smell of the ebook. Men and women walk in all the time and say ‘it smells like books.’” 

Their desire of opening a downtown bookstore started with the buy of the contents of a employed ebook store in Sackville, N.B. For a short instant, they regarded holding the store open up in New Brunswick in advance of a desire to live and operate in Cape Breton received about. 

The the vast majority of that inventory remained in storage though they waited for the appropriate opportunity to open up a store of their individual in Cape Breton. A location was picked out at the other finish of Charlotte Road but it was wrecked by hearth in March 2020, forcing them to uncover an option site. 

The former Most effective of Cape Breton site would eventually turn into their new property in time for a December opening. 

That utilized e-book assortment is identified in back. New kinds are in entrance together with that welcoming smell of textbooks, Uhma observed, emanating from neat stacks of infinite fiction and non-fiction classes. 


The unbiased bookstore recognised as On Paper Publications is now open up on Charlotte Road. Section-proprietor Alison Uhma hopes the new retailer can be portion of a ‘book district’ of sorts in a renewed downtown Sydney procuring areas. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON Post – Greg Mcneil


The new business enterprise now joins Ed’s Books and More, NPC Video games and Comics and the Cape Breton Curiosity Shop as destinations that offer new and made use of literature all in just a short walking distance.  

“If you go to any healthy downtown you see additional than just one e-book keep and I think people want to look at it that way. They can experience seriously excellent about all the textbooks you can have all over again. I believe it is a indication of a healthy downtown.” 

Ed Gillis, the operator of Ed’s Guides, welcomed the new organization to downtown. 

“Our retailers I assume offer you various matters so we are not likely to conflict,” explained Gillis, who has tentatively prepared a spring re-opening of his book retail store.  

“Actually, at the time I get again heading if items are a bit a lot more comfortable, we will complement every other. There’s no purpose why we cannot and I’m looking ahead to that. I consider it is a incredibly constructive issue and I hope they can temperature the storm.” 


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On Paper Publications has only been in procedure for a minimal over a thirty day period but its homeowners were encouraged by a shop nearby craze in Cape Breton that led to brisk organization for the new venture during the holiday break year. 

“We really do not have nearly anything to evaluate it to but when you open a new keep you hope folks will come and men and women did,” Uhma explained. 

“It was pleasant to see people sharing the beneficial means they were sensation about the store on the web. It encouraged us to hold going. A whole lot of men and women ended up coming in and saying we are purchasing neighborhood this year. I have read that a good deal this calendar year.” 

As a board member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design and style and a previous personnel of Doktor Luke’s coffeehouse, she had heard people today explore the development of searching local in the earlier and reported it was great to see a move toward that this yr. 

“There is so substantially downtown suitable now, much more than there was when I initially moved below 10 yrs back. It is youthful individuals. And, for the folks who have been all over for a although, they have considered in this space the whole time and they in no way remaining. 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 Guides opened on Charlotte Street in December and presents new/employed books, fine stationery and gifts. It is owned by Alison Uhma, demonstrated, and Donald Calabrese. GREG MCNEIL/CAPE BRETON Post – Greg Mcneil


Although operate proceeds to increase foot targeted traffic, there’s presently an lively effort to provide On Paper Guides to a a lot broader on the internet industry. 

The new store has been selected as a participant in a Cape Breton Partnership software with ShopHERE driven by Google that aids firms establish a custom made internet site and training and applications to build, start, and control an online shop.  

Uhma explained they experienced marketed some guides online by way of AbeBooks in the earlier and has hopes for area, nationwide and worldwide gross sales from this plan in the upcoming. 

“Abe hosts a lot of unbiased smaller guides shops and so we were marketing some of our exceptional textbooks by there, but we’d like to market them through our own site as effectively since we’d like to provide not just the Sydney spot but other sections of Cape Breton, far too. I know there is a few of spots selling guides, which is definitely great, but if people today see anything they want and they’d want to remain type of community, we’d like to do that.” 

ShopHERE application is sent by Cape Breton Partnership in collaboration with Digital Key Avenue. 

Companies that complete the program get a tailored on line retail outlet with company information and facts, branding and a emblem. Schooling in electronic advertising, delivery and stock management is also portion of the system. 


The majority of prospects to On Paper Books to date are below the age of 30, which bodes properly for the foreseeable future of the printed ebook and those who market them. People are coming in from just about every age demographic, of program, but Uhma is specifically thrilled to see a young age team coming downtown. 

“You hear a good deal about folks moving away and then to just see that and have that energy, for me, it is just so thrilling,” she claimed. 

“They are so delighted to have a new e-book store. They all really like Ed’s and go to the comic e-book retail outlet but they love to have a further factor on Charlotte Road to do.” 

At this time, it is just her working in the retail store but if enterprise goes perfectly, section-time hires will be part of the store’s foreseeable future. 

Greg McNeil is a business reporter at the Cape Breton Write-up.