Throughout the country, bookstores are closing as more and more people begin using Kindles or other electronic readers, and as fewer people have even taken up the habit of reading. Even schools are beginning to abandon printed books for electronic ones. I don't have hard numbers in front of me, but I don't think it would be wrong to say that most kids don't ever develop the habit of reading anything other than text messages, let alone printed books. I know that I am as much to blame for this as anyone because I rarely buy a book in a bookstore anymore, other than perhaps regional books that I might come across that have never made their way into Amazon.com. Still, I much prefer browsing a bookstore to doing searches on Amazon.com. What I really miss, and one of the few things that I miss about Southern California, are the the used bookstores that were so common there, or used to be anyhow. I particularly liked the ones that were not particularly organized, where I could just dig through boxes of books looking for something that interested me. There was one like that in Fullerton, California. They also carried review copies of books that never made it into widespread publication. There was a cafe connected with it, and I could spend hours there. There is something similar in downtown Bangor, with a cafe, but it is much better organized. Unfortunately, Bangor is seventy miles away, parking in that part of town is horrible, and I usually go to Bangor with my wife, to get some particular things, and then we come back home, so I seldom go there. For a while, a few years ago, my wife was working in downtown Bangor, and we had only one car, so sometimes I'd drive her to work and hang around Bangor until she got off.