SMITHVILLE – They say book readers are a dying breed. With the rise in popularity of gadgets like e-readers and easy to use apps that allow for book downloads, it’s easy to think that curling up with a good book may just be a lost pastime.
Enter the Book Peddler, a new business selling used books in the tiny Hamlet of Smithville Flats. Motivated by his love of reading – and his collection of nearly 15,000 books – Phillip Montelione, owner of the Book Peddler, opened the doors of his store two weeks ago, much to the delight of book lovers across the area.
“I used to go around and just pick books for fun. But I love to read, I love the books, and I had an opportunity. So I thought, why not try it?” said Montelione. “My grand opening was a big event,” he added. “I had a lot of people come out. I think I’m getting a pretty good reception so far.”