Saturday, August 13, 2016

Bookshop Browsing: 'Time Well Spent'

Shelf Awareness

"Browsing in a bookshop feels like time well spent, while searching for a book online feel like squandered time--only the purchase counts.

"A local bookshop is part of a community, working with schools and families and all nearby readers to link them with books they might come to love, connecting with its customers and bringing a human kind of expertise whenever it's asked for. It is a hub for bookclubs and author events and the chance encounters that lead to the discovery of an unfamiliar writer who becomes a lifelong favorite. It remains far better than an algorithm when suggesting what book your eight-year-old niece or granddaughter might like for her birthday." 

--Nick Earls, in a piece headlined "All hail the bookshop: survivor against the odds," published by The Conversation in anticipation of National Bookshop Day tomorrow in Australia

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