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Started by HerrWalrus on Oct 12, 2017 5:58:09 PM
Diary of a Bookseller

I thought this entry may be of interest - in particular the comments btl

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/07/seco
ndhand-bookshops-diary-of-a-bookseller-shaun-bythell

browserbutton - 14 Oct 2017 17:50:49 (#14 of 99)

The china shop next door had an unwelcome bovine visitor and came round asking if we had a picador.

RosyLovelady - 14 Oct 2017 17:52:07 (#15 of 99)

How did that pan out?

uranrising - 14 Oct 2017 20:17:08 (#16 of 99)

Do we know who opened the first used book store, where and why.(?)

I think it's very likely that we'll never know, especially as they come and go with tremendous frequency.

thismorning - 15 Oct 2017 02:32:36 (#17 of 99)

Kinda precursors of the cupcake store-bubble..btw in local newspaper I saw this morning two more life long friends are opening a "light little cake" shop in our area...they are "very excited".

browserbutton - 15 Oct 2017 05:22:51 (#18 of 99)

As well as being an architectural gem in its own right, the Livraria Lello in Porto attracts visitors from all over the world because there is story that JK Rowling was inspired by the interior of the bookstore for her description of Hogwarts library. Whether or not that's true, it is the only bookshop I've visited where I had to queue for half an hour to get in.

http://tinyurl.com/yafdqh8m

http://tinyurl.com/y96dn5sr

RosyLovelady - 15 Oct 2017 09:33:46 (#19 of 99)

Wow, an even longer wait than the one for the Birkenstock shop in Covent Garden in the mid-1990s.

dreams99 - 16 Oct 2017 13:27:52 (#20 of 99)

HW - I have tons of duplicates to bring up to you some time. Probably too many for one trip.

HerrWalrus - 16 Oct 2017 15:47:52 (#21 of 99)

That'd be great, thanks.

FestinaLente - 16 Oct 2017 16:26:33 (#22 of 99)

Does your bookshop have odd little haunted corners, staircases that end in blank walls, bookshelves that shift to reveal more bookshelves, and mysterious black holes where customers get lost in time?

Snarlygog - 20 Oct 2017 18:07:03 (#23 of 99)

http://www.secondhandbooksplymouth.co.uk

This is the place to get lost in, wonderful place to roam.

FestinaLente - 20 Oct 2017 18:35:38 (#24 of 99)

Oh, yes, definitely, Snarly. I'd pack a couple sandwiches and spend the day!

HerrWalrus - 20 Oct 2017 19:32:57 (#25 of 99)

This chappie from Portsmouth seems a bit of a character..

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Portsmouth_Fo
otball_Club_Westwood

Tomnoddy - 20 Oct 2017 19:55:16 (#26 of 99)

#24 - only if there's a toilet. I love books and bookshops but they send a signal directly to my bowels.

RosyLovelady - 20 Oct 2017 19:59:50 (#27 of 99)

Blokes will use anything as an excuse for that sort of reaction.

uranrising - 20 Oct 2017 20:06:28 (#28 of 99)

Absolutely, Tom.

I think a law ought to be passed that all bookshops and record and dvd shops must have toilets on their premises available to customers.

FestinaLente - 20 Oct 2017 20:09:02 (#29 of 99)

I'd vote for that!

HerrWalrus - 20 Oct 2017 20:31:43 (#30 of 99)

Is a customer someone who purchases something? As opposed to a browser...

As it happens we never prevent someone using the facilities in ourr shop if they are caught short (always surprised that certain pubs and restaurants make a big issue out of this). We find normally people will buy a card or a takeaway drink as appreciation, although we don't insist on a purchase.

uranrising - 20 Oct 2017 20:39:43 (#31 of 99)

I was including browsers, cos browsing is where the trouble starts. Don't know how many secondhand bookshops even have facilities.

HerrWalrus - 20 Oct 2017 20:44:03 (#32 of 99)

There are browsers and then there are time-wasting racist browsers who wasteour time before they go to the pub. I missed one of them the other week, who verbally abused a Polish girl having a tea in our shop. I have a suspicion who the culprit is...

HerrWalrus - 21 Oct 2017 14:48:46 (#33 of 99)

Bracing ourselves for complaints at the end of next week. We close Monday to Thursday due to our nuptials. I'm sure people who never use the place will complain that we were closed..

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