Friday, August 5, 2011

The march of time

With the closing of Borders, customers scanning bar codes in bookshops to decide what to order on Amazon, and the stampede to e-publishing, this quote from economist John Maynard Keynes seems like a memento mori for a bygone age:
A bookshop is not like a railway booking-office which one approaches knowing what one wants. One should enter it vaguely, almost in a dream, and allow what is there freely to attract and influence the eye.
 To walk the rounds of the bookshops, dipping in as curiosity dictates, should be an afternoon's entertainment. Feel no shyness or compunction in taking it. Bookshops exist to provide it; and the booksellers welcome it, knowing how it will end.
Called "Fashion," here is one of dozens of organic and beautiful book art pieces presented by fine art photographer Cara Barer on her site:


  1. The slow death of the bookstore is a scary proposition. The Kindle revolution leaves me wondering what will happen to those dusty piles of paperbacks, the excitement of finding a pressed flower in a used hardcover, the vague moldy smell that's somehow a comfort, the eccentric silent (or overly talkative) owner behind the counter, the joy of finding the exact book you wanted, etc. I'm sure we could go on and on... Let's hold tight, Booklovers!

  2. I couldn't agree more... bookstores provide a huge social value. Where will author readings happen??