It warms my heart at Christmas

Scroll down to content

In my city, there’s a company pops up in the local shopping centres every time there’s a vacant shop. They sell books for $7. It might be a children’s picture book, a book full of Vegan recipes, or a novel by a known or unknown author. They must buy end of print run lots for a good price and each shop is overflowing with stock and usually full of happy customers. Sometimes they have flash sales – every book $3 or even $2 and people hover around snapping up the bargains.

It warms my heart to see people buying books although I’m sure at $2, more than a couple end up on eBay or similar sites at a profitable mark up.

Other than these run out shops, most of the book shops here on the GC are gone. There’s a great independent shop called Bookface at the big centre and QBD and Angus and Robertson still do a roaring trade at the local malls but what we’re missing is more local bookshops with character. And wealthy benefactors who can sustain the shop even when everyone is buying books for $2.

You know that old question- What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? I would open and independent book shop with space to do launches and readings and a cafe. Brisbane people will remember the old Mary Ryan bookshop. Sigh.

Photo from the Gertrude and Alice website

I’d have space for writers and hold write-ins each week.

I’d call it A Room of one’s Own. Or Beach Reads. Or even Beachside Books so as not to confuse the punters. I’d have a neon sign on the wall that read Eat, Read, Love in the style of the famous Liz Gilbert book.

I’d be inspired by the style Gertrude and Alice in Sydney and have Gorgeous art on the walls for sale by local artists and our own locally produced tote bags. And people would come from all over to buy a book and a tote bag and a coffee and a croissant like I did when in Sydney last year for a wedding. I went to Bondi to only go to the bookshop. I didn’t even see the beach.

You should visit, have coffee and buy a book and not see the beach. It makes people crazy when you tell them. People who are non-book people that is, if you know any…

My dream bookshop would be grand.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

bodyandsoulnourishmentblog

Welcome to my site to find inspiration and nourishment for the body and soul

AJWOOLFENDEN

Young author looking to expand her bookish world!

Espresso Science

Shots of science, full of flavour. With Dr Jen from Triple R.

Pete's Favourite Things

Birds and trains and history and all of the things that I enjoy

Wren Davis Writes

Pen name writer/Blogger

WordMothers

Resources for women writers, interviews with female authors & reviews of books by women

Equinoxio

A Blog about magic, fiction and art

purplezengoat

exploring the interface between zen, writing and productivity

ATTACKING THE FILTHY FIFTIES

Keep Moving Forward, There's Only One Finish Line and We Ain't Crossed It Yet.

Whispers of a poet's heart

the reverberation of a hidden well...freed.

Adobe 99U

A resource for the creative career

kawiyoga

Enjoy every moment..in Bali!

The Unseen Library

Expert reviews of the latest and the best in Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction and Crime Fiction from an Australian reviewer.

jillwrites

Author of Dual Visions & Vashla's World, also co-author of Fan-tas-tic-al Tales and Mystery, Mayhem & Magic as one of The Ten Penners, I write book reviews, articles and other interesting prose.

claire.she.goes

Content Writing

%d bloggers like this: