If libraries are the beating heart of our culture – circulating stories, ideas and history for all – then surely bookshops should be revered.
Bookstores are where we find the freshly published and our favourite reads.
Books are tangible, giftable, receivable, lendable and ultimately recyclable. They grow our brains, educate, inform and entertain.
There’s everything to treasure about our books, writers, publishers and booksellers.
Are our bookshops endangered?
As the virtual world strengthens its hold on us, there’s valid concern about bookshop closures.
Remember the rise of the video store and the demise of the suburban cinema?
Fast forward a decade or two, and the video stores were closing, while cinemas revived and have survived.
May our beloved bookstores endure. Survive. Thrive!
‘Vote 1’ bookshops
As Christmas approaches, I know where I’ll be walking.
I’ll pop in. Browse. Buy.
Do you have a beloved bookshop or three?
Reader nominations include:
- The Constant Reader, Crows Nest and Mosman, NSW, Australia
- Megalong Books, Leura, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
- Berkelouw Books (10 locations in Australia)
- Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, California, USA
- Better Read than Dead, Newtown, NSW
- Blues Point Bookshop, McMahons Point, NSW
- Sappho Books, Glebe, NSW
- Gleebooks, in Glebe and Dulwich Hill, NSW
- Abbeys, Sydney CBD, NSW
Feel free to email me at AmberJakemanSydney@gmail.com and I’ll add your pick to the list.