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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Brave New World?

We visited Waterstones in Cambridge this weekend... we saw magazines...
 We saw postcards...
 We saw mugs and stationary... 
 We saw a large section of the store devoted to kindles...
Kindles which were heralded as the start of a Brave New World... (was the irony intentional?)
Oh, and in the back of the store we saw some books. 
And then there was this message in the window...
In Cambridge, of all places!


4 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Eek. that's a little troubling.

Guillaume said...

Depressing...

Leigh Russell said...

It is both troubling and depressing, but the whole High Street shopping experience is in decline, and book shops are just a part of that. Let's hope we don't have another bad winter this year. The heavy snow last year hit the stores at their most potentially lucrative time when customers stayed indoors and ordered online. Waterstones are following the trend, focussing on e-readers and coffee, stationery and mugs, and de-stocking books they say 'don't sell'. But it's hard to see how that will leave any place for a bookshop...

Leigh Russell said...

And it's sad when a bookshop chain isn't championing books!