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Heading over to Venice any time soon?

If yes ….. stop by the Libreria Acqua Alta to enjoy a unique book shop experience.  Climb stairs made up of old encyclopaedias or browse through the books stored in book shleves created from gondolas and canoes.   With books stacked up to the ceiling, there’s bound to be something to entice!

Gondola book shelf

Read more about this amazing book shop on My Modern Met.

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Can you imagine yourself shopping for a good read in a 15th Century Catherderal?

Waanders In de Broeren

Waanders In de Broeren

Well ….. dreams can come true if you travel to Zwolle in The Netherlands  where architects B.K. Architecten were tasked with renovating a 15th century Dominican church into a modern bookstore.

Waanders In de Broeren opened for business just a few months ago.   Be sure to include a stopover on the itinerary of your next overseas trip!

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Many of us have lived through an era of seeing a wide range of books banned.  And we all know, that this imposed form of censorship, often does more to promote the book than had it been left to live quietly on the shelf.

So when I saw this video, created by the Arizona based bookshop Bookmans, the message really spoke to me.  Created for the 2012 Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out which celebrates the freedom to read: Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012, the following quote appears under their YouTube video:

During Bookmans’ 36-year fight against censorship, the shattered light bulb emerged as a powerful symbol of the importance of free speech. In this video, combining passages from banned books read by customers and employees, Bookmans created a statement about how books inform, engage and inspire the light in each of us.

Have a watch.   Powerful viewing indeed!

Take a minute or two also to check out the Bookmans website.  It’s certainly not your run of the mill website which we usually associated with sales driven book shops.  Perhaps libraries too can learn a lesson or two from the range of information shared on the Bookman website.   Inspirational indeed!

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If you’re like me, you just love browsing through book shops.  Discovering new and exciting book shops is a joy – especially when travelling overseas!

Fancy travelling to San Francisco, Buenos Aires, London, Rome, Paris or Berlin?   Or maybe Beijing in China, Santorini in Greece, Maastricht in The Netherlands or Porto in Portugal is more appealing to you?

Wherever you go – you’re bound to find any of the 10 World’s Greatest Bookshops worth exploring!  And take care – we just may bump into each other!!

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Contrary to figures we constantly read in the press about the demise of book shops and the rise of eBooks, the book in France is alive and well!

Reporting that France has 2,500 book shops, Elaine Sciolino of the New York Times also reports that book sales from 2003-2011 increased by 6.5%.   Propping up the French publishing industry, she reports, are state laws to protect the book.  Passed back in 1981, the “Lang Law” (so named for the then Culture Minister Jack Lang) fixed prices for French-language books preventing the discounting of books by more than 5%.

Book publishers the world over are probably quite envious.  Perhaps there needs to be moves by other countires to further explore French Government initiatives so as to ensure the future of the book industry.

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If you’re plannnig a trip to New York, you may want to include some time at this ‘little’ gem!

Referred to as New York’s legenday book shop holding a mixture of new, used and rare books, Strand was established in 1927 and is located at 12th and Broadway.  With a mere two and a half million books, be sure to have plenty of time to browse!

It really does look amazing!!!

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Now here’s one I’d love to try and re-create in our school library!

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There’s no better way to start the new (school) year than with a bit of fun involving books and the sheer joy they can evoke!

It was in March of last year when I wrote a post: Trying to control the urge: Rainbow Bookshelf that I mentioned how I became mesmerized watching this video:

It still gives me a buzz, but then I found this new video, also created by crazedadman.  This time though, efforts have been taken to a new level by spending “sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto” with the help of “volunteer hands who shelved and reshelved books all night, every night.”

The result is very impressive!  I recommend viewing it full screen.

May we all have a fabulous year ahead where we not only enjoy books ourselves, but succeed in continuing to share our joy of all things bookish with all those around us.  Here’s hoping that the joy of reading become totally contagious!!

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Ah ….. at last the panacea for Melbourne’s literary addicts!!

Melbourne Literary is a new iPhone app that will inform and delight those wanting to find the best Melbourne has to offer.   And with its recent award in 2008 as only the second UNESCO City of   Literature, you can be sure that there is much on offer in Melbourne to please and satisfy.

Use Melbourne Literary to help you discover literary locations around town, including funky book shops or cool ‘literature’ cafes.  Read up on literary events, books that highlight Melbourne or the authors that write the books.  Being able to browse by categories such as book shops, cafes and bars, young readers, set in Melbourne, writers, poetry, publishers and more will let you keep your reading list up-to-date. Each entry includes a slideshow and descriptive text with maps to guide you to the literary location of choice.

Developed by Narelle Harris in conjunction with Sutro Media, Melbourne Literary is available from the iTunes App Store for just $2.99.

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Having been busy with my work-a-day routine, I hadn’t really focused on the fact that my oft frequented shopping centre – Chadstone – is now, following the closure of Borders and Angus & Robertson, bereft of a bookshop.

As I, like the rest of Melbourne, browsed this morning’s papers though, reality sank in with a clang as I read about the plight now facing our neighbours in Dandenong and realized that my local shopping centre – as enormous as it is – has had to face the same reality.  The Age’s headline article “Dandenong: 140,000 people, no book shop. It’s not alone” spells out the cold hard facts.

While the jury is still out for me on whether I prefer hard copy books to eBooks, the reality is that I, like so many others of you out there, really enjoy getting  my ‘fix’ of browsing the shelves of my local book shop.  And that’s coming from someone who has spent the last 20+ years working in libraries!   I’m the first to argue that libraries have an important role in both our schools and local communities, but sorry – they just don’t compare to the warmth of a small book shop.

As I reflect on the closure of so many book shops in both local shopping strips and shopping centres, I find myself thinking back to a fabulous blog post I read some time ago.  (Grrr …. why didn’t I book mark it there and then?!!)   The gist of the post was the impact of empty or non-existent book shelves on our children.  Lost will be the sharing of our own childhood favourites with our children on our knees; lost will be the opportunities for our children to pick up a book at random and to delve between its covers to see what it has to offer; lost will be the opportunity for family members to incidentally see what or all that it is we busy ourselves reading.

Losing the opportunity to browse through shelves upon shelves in local book shops is a shame.  It tempts me to throw out the call to others of you out there: 

Interested in opening a book shop?

But ah ….. this delightful day dream is shattered by the reality of the hefty overheads.   The costs are so high.   The online competition so fierce.  Publishers are struggling.  And, as eBooks march into our lives, upturning much along the way, the reality sinks in.

But ….. but ….. maybe one of those remaining independent book shops will heed the call and will consider the possibility of expanding just a little so that book lovers like me can continue their love affair started so long ago?

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