MiamiHerald / Of the seven secondhand bookstores standing in Miami-Dade and Broward in 2015, only four remain in business today, but their owners maintain a reserved optimism for the future.

In an age of rapidly advancing technology, in which many readers purchase books online, bookstores are gradually disappearing.

Bookstore sales were $684 million in October 2017, down 4.6 percent from 2016 and 39 percent from a decade ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Miami-Dade County now has only two stores selling used books: Kendall Book Exchange and Dunbar Old Books.

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