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The future of books and bookstores

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The advent of dedicated e-readers and other devices that allow us to read electronic books has dramatically changed the publishing industry as well as the book retail industry.

As an avid reader, Julee Allen is always buying books. And she prefers to buy them in person at a book store.

In this age of Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers, some may call Julee and others who prefer to buy actual books part of a shrinking breed. But not Henry Zook, co-owner of the Book Court in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, because he says people still like to hold things in their hand. In fact, this Brooklyn mainstay has been in business for more than 3 decades.

As the big guys -- like Barnes and Noble and others -- faced financial struggle and collapse in many cases, Book Court and a few other brick-and-mortars even survived other threats well before the arrival of digital devices.

Margaret Marbury is a vice president at the legendary Harlequin Publishing. From a publisher's perspective, she says they had to accept the digital age. Marbury does believe book stores and e-readers can co-exist -- at least for now.

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