Category Archives: Bookstore Tourism

A Booklover’s Dream

It’s not unusual for bibliophiles to daydream about chucking it all and opening their own bookshop. Now, Airbnb, Scotland’s National Book Town, and The Open Book bookstore are making it possible—if only for a week. Situated in the southwest Scottish … Continue reading

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Think Globally, Read Locally

Longmont Colorado financial planner and author Ron Vejrostek found himself frustrated by the lack of opportunities for local writers to market their books, so he opened his own bookshop. But what makes Local Editions special is its policy of only … Continue reading

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Book and Bed

Beginning next month, book lovers who visit Tokyo will have a very special place to stay. The Book and Bed Hotel, which is located in the Toshima district, comes fully stocked with thousands of books provided by Shibuya Publishing Booksellers … Continue reading

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Are You An Honest Book Buyer

Last month a new concept in bookselling was launched in Nanjing, China. Located in a popular square in the city’s Baixia district, the “Honesty Bookshop” operates without a cashier or onsite staff, because customers pay for their purchases by dropping … Continue reading

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See London Like A Victorian

Stanfords Bookshop, London’s place to go for travel literature, guides and maps, has announced plans to offer horse-drawn carriage tours of central London on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3, 4:30 and 6PM. Bookshop customers will be able to ride in … Continue reading

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A Place Just For Book Lovers

My television cable service offers literally hundreds of channels to chose from 24 hours a day. There are networks devoted to every sport imaginable. There are dozens of food and cooking shows. There are even entire networks that only show … Continue reading

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Comedians In Cars Getting Books

In this season’s finale to Jerry Seinfeld’s fantastic web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, he and the inimitable Stephen Colbert not only get coffee—at the Bluestone Coffee Co. in Montclair, N.J.— they also pop in at Watchung Booksellers to … Continue reading

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Gonzo Bookselling

I paid my dues as a flea market bookseller, but the random gallimaufry of book shelves, boxes and tables of my book stall pales when I see the brilliance of Jeff Towns’ traveling “BookBus”. Officially called Dylan’s Mobile Bookstore, the bookmobile turns up … Continue reading

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Saved by the bell

In these difficult times for indie booksellers, and bookstores in general, it’s rare to hear unqualified good news stories about bookshops persevering and thriving. But I’m pleased to report that the word on the water floating book barge in London … Continue reading

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Poetry Can Be Dangerous in the USA

According to Miegan and Chan Gordon owners of The Captain’s Bookshelf, a terrific antiquarian and secondhand bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, an unknown poetry hater surreptitiously removed a signed first edition copy of Nine Horses by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy … Continue reading

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