The Internet has had an enormous effect on both libraries and bookstores, for the better and for the worse. This article from the Monterey (CA) Herald gives us an example of just how things are going for little bookstores in this region of California (which includes Salinas).
The effect of the internet was enough to close Old Capitol Books in New Monterey, which in March shut its doors after more than 21 years in business.
Owner Cristiana St. John said that with the advent of online sales via Amazon.com and eBay, the competition was stiffer than a rare hardback cover.
"When the Internet really began to catch on," she said, "it kind of changed the equation to the extent that only a few of the booksellers continue to survive."
Monterey used to have a cluster of thriving used bookstores; many are still in business, though with different owners or names.