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Read About A Good Book, Sumner's Independent New and Used Bookstore

This Sumner Main Street business offers good reads at a good price.

One of Sumner’s most recognizable Main Street businesses is , the new and used bookstore that was opened by owner and proprietor Evelyn Nicholas in 1997.

Upon entering A Good Book you might be greeted by Lego, the store pet. When asked what makes A Good Book different from other bookstores, self-titled “customer sales guru” Paige Mitchell replied, “We have a store dog and not a store cat.” She said the employees pride themselves on their organization and lack of dust.

Many of the bookstore’s customers are loyal. Mitchell mentioned one customer from Orting who gets her hair done in Sumner once a week, and comes in afterward every week, “like clockwork.”

“I could tell you what they read and where they live, even if I couldn’t tell you their names,” added Mitchell, in appreciation of their regulars.

A Good Book has something for every reader, from their impressive children’s section on the second floor, down to their journals and inspirational literature section on the first. Mitchell called their customer base “a melting pot.”

“We have a wide range of customers, from 2 years old up to 92.”

The Main Street bookstore maintains friendships with some of the authors it features on its shelves. The Vancouver, B.C. based author of children’s series The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar, Lee Edward Födi, in particular, often comes to Sumner for book signings, as well as offering creative writing workshops at elementary schools in the area.

Although it has taken longer than for most businesses, A Good Book has recently begun to feel the affects of the recession.

Fortunately, Mitchell said they do not feel particularly threatened by the rising e-book industry, because the customer who would purchase a used book is not generally the same customer who would buy a Kindle or an I-Pad. While electronic readers can cost up to $300, a used book costs around four.

A Good Book also offers “discount dollars.” If a customer brings his or her used books to trade-in, he or she will receive credits at a rate of half the price the book will be sold for. These will be saved on an account. Then, if the customer purchases a used book, movie or CD, credits may be applied to half of the price of their purchase. If the customer purchases a new book, credits may be applied to a quarter of the price.

Mitchell likes to call this system “insta-discount.”

A Good Book is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kristin May 24, 2011 at 04:40 AM
My 11 yr old daughter and I really like shopping at A Good Book. They are fabulous at figuring out what genres she likes and pointing her toward books she hasn't read yet. I've also ordered new books from them for less than I can on my own at Amazon, which I love! We use the library a lot, but if we need a bookstore, we go to AGB first...way before the big chain bookstores. There's just something genuine about the people who work there. They really, really love books (and their prices are great, too)!
Georgia Skewis May 24, 2011 at 09:14 PM
LOVE going here and getting books for myself and my family. My (almost) 3yr old loves the childrens book section, its easy for him to pick out his own book he wants to get :)
Angie May 27, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Paige is not a “customer sales guru”, she's more like a "bookcrack dealer". She's knows her customers reading tastes better than themselves.
Paige Mitchell May 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Awwww shucks! We love you guys too!! ;-)

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