The digital era has opened an endless array of possibilities when it comes to sharing and publishing information, with people opting for tablet PCs or their smartphones to read a book.
As such, small bookstores have been hit hard, with many owners deciding to turn over a new leaf and close their stores.
However, some bookstore owners have come up with new business concepts that have been gradually earning them a rising number of loyal customersand profits.
This bookstore is located in Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do Provinceand was opened last year with a mission to build and strengthen communal bonds between local book enthusiasts.
The shelves filled with books also serve as the backdrop for a cafe and a pub.
"Reading is nice, but this place is also a great place to hang out with friends or even get to know new people that share your interest in books."
Another local book shop has come up with a novel idea to draw in more customers. The shop exclusively sells books written by local authors and the ones published by small independent publishers.
The owner says she opened the store to support the local publishing industry and provide a space for readers to share their thoughts and mingle over their favorite books.
"This space is designed for people to not only purchase booksbut also enhance their reading experience by discussing their favorite books with other people."
These small bookstores are staying relevant in an industry that has been revolutionized by the digital era. They are no longer stores that sell books but venues designed to bring communities together.
Cho Sung-min, Arirang News.