Store Opening

September 02, 2007|By [LIZ ATWOOD]

UKAZOO BOOKS

830 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson / / 410-832-BOOK; ukazoo.com / / Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday ; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

With plush leather sofas, local art on the walls and rows of towering bookshelves in the 10,000 square foot store, Ukazoo seems like a typical suburban bookstore. But take a closer look and you'll see that most of the 100,000 books stacked neatly on the shelves are actually used.

The store, which opened in June, is the first retail location of Ukazoo Books, an Internet book-selling business founded by brothers Jack and Seth Revelle of Baltimore.

For six years, Ukazoo sold books through other Web retailers, such as Amazon and eBay, but with the store, Ukazoo is going directly to the customers. While Ukazoo carries current New York Times' best-sellers, most of the books in the store are used, bought from libraries, institutions and customers. No used book costs more than $10.

Manager Ryan Ebright says Ukazoo aspires to be the used-book store equivalent of Barnes & Noble.

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