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(January 1 – March 31, 2017)

Carl von Einem

Skate Park

Jim Cole

Browsers' Bookstore

Albany, Oregon, USA

March 21, 2017, 15:45 UTC (8:45 am local time)

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This is Browsers' Bookstore, a locally-owned used bookstore in Albany, Oregon. It has a wonderfully diverse range of books, from essentially brand new, to one that is about 450 years old.

In this age of ebooks and cloud data, physical books represent a "concrete" form of information. This particular store celebrates this through attention to many physical aspects of the books -- often seeking matching dust covers for those who have lost them, or working to restore those which have become damaged over time but are worth preserving for future generations.

This care illustrates the value of books that extends beyond just the information they contain. Physical artifacts engage our mind and senses in ways that abstract representations do not. In addition, some books have historical or sentimental value, and some topics simply do not present well on electronic screens. Because of these things, it's important to keep the flow of physical books ongoing.

Plus, books are just cool!

Nikon D300, Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye, Nodal Ninja 5, PTGui, Pano2VR, Photoshop

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