Books / Libros

This past Friday, the traditional bookshops in Madrid stayed open late, some all night, and put on activities ranging from poetry recitals to story telling and book signings in an attempt to remind the world some of the pleasures of live before Amazon. I must confess I love digital and gadgets but it would a shame to completely lose the opportunity to enter a real bookshop, one with a bell that rings as you open the door as the cue for a bespectacled bookworm to come out of his fantasy world and lovingly place his pagemark in his own read to help you choose your own or recommend a suitable gift for someone special.

I dedicate this photo of a shop window that caught my eye in a Paris backstreet, to this profession of noble dreamers who, faced with a drop in their sales of over 25% just this year, instead of going out on strike choose to work all night to invite us all to rediscover their world.


Este pasado viernes, las librerías tradicionales de Madrid quedaron abiertas hasta tarde, algunas toda la noche, con actividades como recitales de poesía, cuenta cuentos o firmas de autores todo en un intento de recordar al mundo algunos de los placeres de la vida antes de Amazon. Tengo que confesar que me encanta lo digital y los “gadgets” pero me daría mucha pena si perdiera para siempre la oportunidad de entrar en una librería de verdad…una de esas que al abrir la puerta suena una campanilla para sacar al afable individuo con gruesos anteojos de su mundo de fantasía para colocar con amor y cuidado un marca páginas en su propio libro para ayudarte a elegir el tuyo o un regalo para alguien especial.

En honor a este gremio, noble y soñador, que ante una caída del 25% de sus ventas sólo este año, en vez de salir de huelga pasan la noche en vela para invitarnos a reencontrarnos con su mundo, comparto con todos vosotros esta foto de un escaparate en un callejón de Paris.    

Escaparate de librería antigua en ParisShop window of secondhand bookshop in Paris

Escaparate de librería antigua en Paris
Shop window of secondhand bookshop in Paris

This entry was published on December 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm. It’s filed under All previous posts / Todos los posts anteriores, Photos / Fotos and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Books / Libros

  1. Lovely post 🙂 I love it when you enter a bookshop and the owner is so absorbed in his/her own book they don’t even notice you entering!

  2. chrisinterface on said:

    Thanks Sarah…not to mention that great smell of print…maybe they’ll introduce a scratch and sniff ebook !

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