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Adams Avenue Book Store: Bound by tradition

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Adams Avenue in Normal Heights was once the Mecca of the manuscript.

"Twenty years ago, there were a dozen bookstores on Adams Avenue," Scott Emerson said.

Today, only the Adams Avenue Book Store dominates the page-turner paradigm.

"As far as a general big used bookstore, we're it," Scott said.

Scott manages this still-popular nook for books.

"I hear it time and time again from high school on up into their 80s, how people want to hold the book. They want to handle the book, they want to smell the book. They still really enjoy that," he said.

The Adams Avenue Book Store stocks mostly used, rare and out of print books, paperbacks as well as hardcovers.

"We have such a wide variety from brand new things to the 1600s," Scott said. "We've got probably the biggest theology section and religious section in the county."

Thumbing through these first editions is a guilty pleasure. Comfy chairs and couches beckon the browser and the two house cats, Bartlebee and Philixia, add to the Adams Avenue ambiance.

Erin Rideout has worked here for the past 7 1/2 years, and she's still a voracious book reader.

"That old-fashioned feeling of pulling the knowledge off the page and storing it in your mind is unbeatable," she said.

Whether you're keeping abreast of the latest recipes or trying to improve your spelling, the Adams Avenue Book Store will keep you spellbound.

Adams Avenue Book Store
3502 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116

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