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Las Vegas businesswoman sharing her love of reading through own bookstore

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Posted at 4:03 PM, Apr 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-14 11:04:13-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Imagine fighting Amazon and big box stores for business. All while competing with tablets and other devices for a customer's attention. 13 Action News anchor Todd Quinones speaks with a Vegas bookseller determined to make it to the next chapter, beyond the pandemic and to a successful 2021.

WIDE GAMUT OF BOOKS

"We've got history, military history, self-help. I mean we just run a wide gamut of books here," says Carla Spillman, owner of Dragon Castle Books on North Rainbow Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue.

"We carry Manga, which has become extremely popular and comic books. There's not another used bookstore that carries used comic books and our role-playing guide books, our RPGs," Spillman says.

DEALING WITH THE PANDEMIC

It's clear that Spillman loves what she does. You have to. She says running a used bookstore seven days a week takes dedication and hard work. You really never have a day off. Then there's dealing with the pandemic.

"It was really rough and scary. Then when we had to close for two months, I was really starting to panic about how am I going to pay the rent?" Spillman says.

To keep the business going even with the doors closed, Spillman says she got books to her readers anyway she could. She started shipping book orders, delivering to customers at home, or right in the parking lot. And says it was all worth it.

BUSINESS HAS PICKED UP

"We've got a lot of people who are reading. A lot more people. So business has really kind of picked up for us," Spillman says.

But when you're livin' the dream, you're willing to fight against all odds.

"This has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. I have always loved books and I have always wanted to own my own bookstore," Spillman says.

ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION

But more than that, Spillman says it's about the next generation. Putting thoughts, ideas and new worlds in the hands of young minds.

"Books are important. Especially starting at a young age. We see a lot of young kids coming in here which is fantastic... and it helps so much with school. I believe if you like to read it makes school so much easier," Spillman says.