The cover and title will remain the same, but the "author" of a local used book shop is changing in the start of 2015.
Erik Olson is taking over the 34-year-old Paperback Book Palace from longtime owner Karen Meyer, who is retiring. The shop is in the Cedarwood Plaza, 4106 18th Ave. N.W.
"I see nothing but potential," said Olson, who has been a customer of the shop since it opened in 1980.
While he intends to expand the shop's online presence, Olson has no big changes planned for the business. The store exchanges used paperbacks for in-store credits of 21 percent of the book's original price. Credit slips are good for a year. Those books then go on the shelves priced at 53 percent of the original price.
"She has a very loyal customer base," he said. "This time of year, we're getting a lot of snowbirds coming in to stock up on books for the winter."
Olson says the Paperback Book Palace has about 25,000 books on its shelves in the 800-square-foot shop.
"It's a pretty cozy environment," he said.
Meyer's two part-time employees are staying on with the store. The main change for customers will be that Olson will replace Meyer as the primary face of the store.
He notes that though it has moved three times since opening, the Paperback Book Palace has long been a mainstay of the Rochester business scene.
"With all of the closings lately, I think it's nice to see something stick around," Olson said.