Two years ago, four Book Warehouses were forced to close their doors in part because new e-readers like the Amazon Kindle were replacing paperbacks.
Shortly thereafter, Vancouver's Black Bond Books purchased its flagship store on West Broadway.
"I think people got scared about Amazon and e-readers and things like that. And a lot of people thought it's all doom and gloom and everything is awful. But our 10 stores have been going strong for quite a while now," said Black Bond Books manager Mary-Ann Yazedjian.
Business has been so strong, in fact, Yazedjian says the company is opening another location on Main Street.
"We're really excited to be going forward, to be opening a new store when people are saying 'Oh, it's so terrible.'"
Other community-based book retailers insist paperbacks are flying off their shelves too.
Christopher Brayshaw, co-owner of Pulp Fiction Books in Mount Pleasant, said last year was the store's busiest yet. He said it has learned to compete with companies like Amazon.
"My little rust-bucket Subaru with 340K on it comes trembling out to you door."
Black Bond Books' new store opens in May.