Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Living in a bookstore

...sounds like every book junkie's ultimate fantasy, yes? Well, at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop in Paris, it's possible to make that fantasy real. Molly Dektar took up this opportunity and became a 'Tumbleweed' for two months (not consecutive) in 2013.

To find out more (and drool, possibly...I did!) click on this link:

Monday, 10 March 2014

Dymocks at Eastgardens Westfield gone...

The threat to bookstores and the demise of the bigger chains has been well documented as E-readers rise in popularity. Since our last house move (anyone regularly reading this blog will know that we move about as often as we have our cars serviced!), I've had a whole new area to explore for bookstores, but I have to say, it's been one of the lesser serviced neighbourhoods I've lived in. For a while, there was a pop-up of the Dymocks chain in the local Westfield, but on my last weekly shopping trip there, the space under the escalator was had gone. As far as I can remember, there were no signs indicating that it had a use by date, so I was surprised. It leaves that particular Westfield without a specialist bookstore. The only options now are the ABC shop, Target and KMart, and possibly Myer - the latter being a small version of the department store, and I'm not sure if they have a book department.

I don't know...possibly I'm way out of step, but it feels intrinsically wrong, to my way of thinking, that there is no bookstore in a major shopping precinct. The high rents in Westfield malls are often prohibitive for independent stores, hence the predictable shopping experience you can expect from all to mall, but you'd think that the administration would be looking to service ALL the shopper's needs...and surely that includes books...