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Old 11th Jun 2014, 07:03
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Great bookshops in the world...

I was a little perplexed to hear that Foyles, the arcane, muddled and yet fantastic and historic London bookshop has moved to a new site. It was like hearing that your wife had moved in with the bloke next door. I have spent many happy hours browsing through the old store, reading anything from poetry through to textbooks on aerodynamics...

The old Foyles coffee shop was also an ideal place to read whatever one had purchased and to have an occasional glance at the litany of good looking women that seemed to be drawn to the place... I hope the new site is not too good and the bookshop retains its eccentric character and, of course, the coffee shop its good looking females.

It seems every great city should have a bookstore and for me Foyles is London's store. Where in the world do you buy your books and do the girls look good there too?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foyles

"The shop operated a payment system that required customers to queue three times: to collect an invoice for a book, to pay the invoice, then to collect the book, simply because sales staff were not allowed to handle cash.[7] Equally mystifying to customers was a shelving arrangement that categorized books by publisher, rather than by topic or author.[2] A quote of this period is: "Imagine Kafka had gone into the book trade."[3] In the 1980s a rival bookshop placed an advertisement in a bus shelter opposite Foyles: "Foyled again? Try Dillons"


Also more like an AeroFoyle...

William Foyle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

After the death of owner Christina Foyle in 1999 and the passing of control to her nephew Christopher, Foyles' shop and practices were modernised. Christopher Foyle was also, from 1978 until 2008, the chairman and CEO of aviation companies Air Foyle & Air Foyle HeavyLift, was chairman and later Deputy President of the Air League, was a Trustee of the Foyle Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots and a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Essex

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Old 11th Jun 2014, 07:40
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It has to be The World's Most Beautiful Bookshop at Calla Santa Maria Formosa in Venice. I've been a couple of times in the last six months and it is amazing.


The world's most beautiful bookshop! - Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice Traveller Reviews - TripAdvisor


I sat on the terrace at the back, drinking wine, while perusing various purchases and admiring the local (gloriously beautiful ladies) and fussing the cats.


Much as I have always loved Foyles the World's Most Beautiful Bookshop will be in my memories for ever.


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Old 11th Jun 2014, 09:19
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It was like hearing that your wife had moved in with the bloke next door.
So not all bad news then, eh?

When at Uni, I had a cleaning job in the old Edinburgh Bookshop in George Street. A fantastic place with a great antiquarian section which had a temperature- and humidity-controlled vault for the rarest stuff. A fascinating place, as is MacNaughtan's antiquarian bookstore in Edinburgh.

If we visit Venice this year, I'll track down Sir Niall's recommendation (we'll be in Garda, so it's pretty easy).
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I nominate Dominicanen in Maastricht, The Netherlands. It used to be part of a large chain of bookstores which went bankrupt earlier this year. I understand that it has been taken over and will continue as a bookstore. The main attraction is the building, see photos here: Selexyz Dominicanen: World's Most Beautiful Bookshop | Urban Ghosts

Just realised that I should add Barter Books in Alnwick to this post. A very large selection of second-hand books in a converted railway station that oozes with charm. Some images here: http://www.visitnorthumberland.com/s...e/barter-books

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It used to be part of a large chain of bookstores which went bankrupt earlier this year.
A sad indictment of our electronic times and the antisocial mono cultural boredom of internet stores that lack the the smells and visceral pleasures not to mention the wine, women and even song of proper physical bookshops.

I wonder whether people will be able to read books at all in the future given the hop headed inducement to short sharp gratification that the internet creates sometimes?

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Indeed, Caco, and I feel lucky to be working in a law library where some of our volumes are several hundred years old. Books now are generally bound in a fabric called buckram, but we have many books bound in calf, sheepskin or goat. I recently had three LARGE 18th century volumes of Scottish law restored (in goat), and they're a pleasure to handle and browse. We have some earlier books going off for restoration this month.
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The problem with Dominicanen in Maastricht was that it was (probably still is) perceived as a religious bookshop. I agree, fantastic atmosphere and surroundings, well worth a visit.
Another Dutch chain that recently went TU was Polare, formerly de Slegte. Stacks of remaindered, second hand and unusual books usually going very cheap. Spent many a happy hour in them
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Great bookshops in the world...

That's actually the same chain Lon! Dominicanen was part of Selexyz which became Polare after the merger with De Slegte. Fortunately many of the large bookstores have managed to continue on their own but De Slegte is gone from The Netherlands. A real shame as half my book collection was bought there. However much I like the large online bookstores, browsing through a large bookstore, or small one crammed full with tomes, is still the best way to kill a few hours. I went to look at the closing down sale of De Slegte Amsterdam but it left me sad to see the place gutted.
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The internet has effectively killed both the book shop business and the record shop business to all intents and purposes. Apart from highly leveraged large chains, it's all over The few niche shops are limping along with their faithful customer bases and long may it continue, but the future seems to be electronic and the young are fully invested to make that a reality.

Foyles was a great place, I confess that I'd no idea it had moved, it was certainly there a couple of months ago It was a pain in the derriere to purchase there with their system, but I have to confess to being a fan of such places. I got only as far as the first few metres of the Venice bookshop before legging it due to time constraints. Quirky with a capital Q There was a fantastic old bookshop in Dublin (Greenes ?) painted green near Trinity College that hadn't been updated since the 1940's. I last visited it a week before it closed and the atmosphere was like a Marie Celeste affair, a few remaining
tomes of spurious content for some obscure sub-subject, the remainder empty of anything, yet full of atmosphere. They paved over paradise and put up a parking lot, well it was pulled down and the valuable land turned into offices.

One has just checked on the inter web and the Dublin bookshop had been there for 250 years…..blimey! http://dublincitypubliclibraries.com...eenes-bookshop



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Old 11th Jun 2014, 12:24
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can I put a plug in for a frumpy bookshop?
it is wonderful, truly.
it is in Subiaco's main road in Perth Australia.
it is beside jacksons art supplies shop.
it is just chock full of interesting books. prices are reasonable.
no coffee shop just lots and lots of books.
it doesn't even have a name out front.

when I first walked in I discovered row after row of interesting titles.

it is the one bookshop in perth I'll treck across city to revisit.

.....well apart from elizabeths second hand bookshops
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Powell's in Portland, Oregon, is reputed to be very good.
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Any of these perhaps: Best Bookshops. And I do not need a shed as I have Barter Books nearby.
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Don't know how I forgot this one:


Bookstore Guide: Leakey's Second Hand Bookshop, Inverness


Leakeys really needs a four day visit, it is bookshop heaven


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We lost this one last week,great place for the book lover to mooch round,been selling books new and second hand plus old maps charts ect for 115 years in the Grainger Market.

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Baggins Book Bazaar in Rochester High Street, close to the Castle and Cathedral, claims to be the biggest bookshop in England. Having found myself temporarily lost within its many floors and quiet annexes on more than one occasion, I can well believe it. They found a mint copy of "Handling the Big Jets" for me, the classic but out of print volume by David Davies, former chief test pilot of the ARB/CAA responsible for the issue of airworthiness certificates. Lovely squeaky floorboards and staircases in the old building, which seem somehow appropriate to the local associations with the author Charles Dickens and some of his eccentrically named and fusty characters.

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We used to have a great bookshop in Melbourne called the Technical Bookshop.

It still looked like a 60's or 70's bookshop, had heaps of tech books and magazines.


I can't remember where they were but a couple of typical old type book shops used to exist, stuffed full of old books.
A mate found one similar and used to go in and browse, often finding little gems.

Problem as I see it is books seem to have lost their value.
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Problem as I see it is books seem to have lost their value.
During the riots in London 3 years ago, in a parade of shops, several mobile phone shops were looted, a shop selling ciggies and booze, a chain store selling 'sportswear', all nigh on cleaned out of stock and badly damaged. In between was a chain bookstore, not damaged and not touched I realise that the perps doing the looting might not be classic book lovers, but it said a lot about the general direction of how valued the 'ritten werd' is these days from the yoof.



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Yes, it says a lot.

I still enjoy lying down and reading a good book.
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I was going to nominate the wonderful Librario Lello in Porto, but I see it is on the link in Evening Star's post.


And for map freaks, you can't beat Mapworld in Calgary. I thought nothing could beat a good bookshop until I went there.
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Oh well, if we're including map shops then may I suggest Stanfords in Covent Garden, London and Dr Götze Land & Karte in Hamburg, Germany both of whom have a mind bending selection of nearly every map in commercial existence.


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