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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

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..

deadmanwalking23 - 21 Oct 2017 15:36:00 (#34 of 99)

Looks like my local independent book shop in East Dulwich may close unless someone can be found to take it over when the current owner retires.

FestinaLente - 22 Oct 2017 19:44:07 (#35 of 99)

Congratulations, HerrW! I hope you have a lovely book-themed wedding.

LobsangRampa - 24 Oct 2017 20:02:07 (#36 of 99)

People who like sport don't read innit



Not true!

My father-in-law believed his dislike of sport somehow enhanced his qualifications as an intellectual. Possibly this view is quite common.

I'm as intelligent as fuck and I love sport.

LobsangRampa - 24 Oct 2017 20:05:13 (#37 of 99)

And congratulations HW!

Yersinia - 24 Oct 2017 20:08:38 (#38 of 99)

MM reads a lot of cycling books. He reckons cycling lit is more extensive than many sports due to its long-term association with journalism.

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