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Return of the local bookshop

Return of the local bookshop
An antidote to the watering-down of Waterstone’s.



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  1. #1 posted by Nathalie


    Am all in favour.
    Most chain stores sell books like they would sell cans of soup or rather – given the perishable aspects of fame – dairy products.
    I like a shop where I can chat with the people, where they get to know my tastes and offer suggestions.

  2. #2 posted by John


    Waterstone’s used to be very good here but the chain was bought by HMV and blanded out. They encouraged staff to make personal recommendations and had a real variety of stock on display. Amazon is convenient but it lacks the random factor you get in a physical place and–important for me when buying art and design books–you can’t leaf through an expensive book to see if it’s worth buying. Their “search inside” facility only covers a few titles on their US site.

  3. #3 posted by Nathalie


    Amazon – or FNAC – or other on line stores are only good if you already KNOW what you are looking for and why.

    I have seen a Sartorio Monography at the bookshop of Scuderie del Quirinale, but leafing through it I was disappointed to see that almost half of the book was text, so I did not get it. Whereas I might have if I had seen it on-line and had not been able to assess that my personal requirements for monographies (1/4 text – 3/4 pictures of good quality) were met.

  4. #4 posted by John


    There’s a couple of publishers you can trust with art books, the mighty Thames and Hudson for a start. Taschen are good as well. Beyond that you want to see what you’re buying first.






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