The Oakland Press Reports Charles Hughes will close the book on his 36-year-old store Sept. 15. Paperbacks Unlimited survived the onslaught of big-box stores, he said, but has lost business because of a lack of readers.The public isn't reading ... to the extent that it has in the past," said Hughes, 67, of Ferndale. "That's the basic reason."
Hughes' love affair with books started in 1952 when he was a part-time employee at a bookstore on Wayne State University's campus. He loved being around books and reading, he said.
From there, he worked at other bookstores before opening his own in downtown Ferndale.
"My fascination was with the printed word," he said.