By JASON CAMPBELL
There’s just something about a used bookstore.
The books have stories. They have history. They’ve graced actual bookshelves or coffee tables or studies, and they’ve already been read – they’ve served their purpose to educate or inform, and are now reincarnated to grace another shelf or study so that somebody else can enjoy them the same way the original owner did.
You don’t find that at a chain bookstore – not that they aren’t wonderful in their own right.
But when you’re talking about places like Yesterday’s Book in Modesto, there’s a certain aura that’s far different than the standard brick-and-mortar store that pushes what’s hot and not necessarily what’s beneficial.
Looking for an out-of-print book?
Yesterday’s has it.
Looking for a rare version of a book that you need to complete a collection?
They have those too.
Looking to save some money so that you don’t have to pay full cover price for something that you know you’re going read once and then toss onto the pile? That’s their bread and butter.
And here’s something that you don’t always find when it comes to a used bookstore – if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they’ll get it. They’ll take your name and your phone number and they’ll track it down somewhere in the world of where recycled books go, and they’ll let you know when it comes in.
Sometimes it takes a while. Sometimes it’s a matter of days. But if you’re patient – as most readers are – you’re going to find what you’re looking for and you’re going to be supporting a local business in the process.
While ebooks are becoming more and more popular – and in some instances, more convenient – used bookstores like Yesterday’s capitalize on the idea that having something tangible in your hands will always be more rewarding than staring at pixels on the screen. It’s kind of hard to fill a bookshelf with an iPad – and it would be much more expensive.
If it’s collectible books that you’re into – first editions and special printings and hard-to-find items that you’re not likely to get anywhere else – then Yesterday’s books will also be able to cater to your needs.
Yesterday’s Books is located at 3457 McHenry Avenue in Modesto near the intersection with Standiford. It is open Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information visit www.yesterdaysbooksmodesto.com or call 209.521.9623.
To contact reporter Jason Campbell email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 209.249.3544.