The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

I am a self confessed bookworm who constantly has my nose in some tome and is slowly being subsumed in my home by an ever growing mountain of books. Recently a Kindle was suggested to me but I was horrified.

So it was with some happiness that I came across this article this morning – The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World. One of my many dreams would be to run a small bookshop on a corner preferably where I could discuss books with customers and serve coffee and have overstuffed couches where likeminded souls could while away the afternoon –  kind of like this place below called Shakespeare & Company in Paris.

Or if that’s a little poky for you, try the Selexyz Bookstore in Holland which is a converted Dominican church.

Or an entirely new concept – the biggest outdoor bookstore in the world – Bart’s Books, Ojai, California

Incredible imagination behind all of them – for the full list of 20 click here

Some of these bookstores are incredible – my one question – can Kindle give you an experience like these?

On another book related note I also came across this really innovative initiative by a library in Slovenia.

Those visiting the library had the option to check out one of an assortment of mystery packages containing three books wrapped in brown paper. A sticker on the front of each package signified which literary genre the books inside belonged to, and librarians were on hand to advise customers on which genre they might prefer. The parcels all contained one novel from a contemporary writer, one classic, and one “easy to read” novel.

As libraries around the world begin to feel the strain caused by e-book popularity, this initiative offers a personal, curated touch, with a dose of mystery and fun thrown in to help attract customers. I just sent it on to Dublin City Library, let’s see if they try it.

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