Thursday, October 16, 2008
Crossing the line
I think most of us like our bookshops to have a bit of 'character', particularly if they're independent ones. However, yesterday I visited a shop that had crossed the line between eccentric charm and total chaos. There were no discernible sections and it was impossible to look at any of the books without causing an avalanche. Also, the stock was pretty awful.
It felt as if the owner had given up and was now simply going through the motions of opening and closing the shop. Needless to say, there were no customers.
I almost felt like offering my services (free of charge) for a day or two, but I don't think the owner would have taken kindly to having a stranger criticise his shop, followed by a patronising offer of help. It's a pity, because the shop has a lot of potential and enjoys a monopoly in its town.