The Sadness of Bookshop Closures

When will the tide turn?

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I wish this could be a light-hearted piece about my latest book purchases and what I am looking forward to reading.

Instead, it is with great sadness that I show you my last purchases from the local independent bookshop. Unfortunately, the wonderful Librairie Centrale in Ferney-Voltaire in France is going to close this coming Saturday. Despite French policy on fixed pricing for books, and despite the fact that it was the only bookshop in a region of 27 villages and 80,000 inhabitants, it too fell victim to online retailers and the rise of e-books. It had been operating at a loss for about a year, although I personally never left the shop empty-handed. I loved chatting to the owner, who would recommend books or order those hard-to-find editions for me.

It made the national news (you can see a short clip in French on You Tube, see the link below)…

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One Comment

Thanks for reblogging this. We are actually making our calculations now to see if we could make a going concern of it as an association, but I’ve been working with volunteer organisations for so long now, that I know it is hard to get that manpower and hard labour on a consistent basis.

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