The rain’s falling. You have no umbrella, so take refuge in a shop you stumble across. You walk inside, shaking off the rain to find yourself faced with a plethora of books. You think what a stroke of luck. There’s no such thing as too many books; I could always do with a new one. You peruse the beautiful shelves for a time; you don’t know how long its been – the concept of time always seems to disappear while in a bookshop, but you can still hear the comforting sound of the rain outside. You take the books you wish to purchase to the counter and then decide to have a seat in the plush comfy chair calling to you. You think, there’s no better time to start a book. So with the soothing sound of water cascading down from the sky, you open your book and immerse yourself in a new world, with only the faint memory of that lulling sound of the world you were just in.
Okay. So you’re probably wondering what on earth is that all about? To be honest, it just came to me… This post is all about what do you like to see in bookshops? and that passage sort of just flew out of me… I suppose I was trying to set the scene, haha. I find rain really comforting and love listening to the sound of it, so I suppose that definitely came across. I love to read and I love the rain…so I combined the two. I wish that I visited bookshops more often and I especially wish that there were independent bookshops near me. The scene above really appeals to me; I love the idea of being in a cosy bookshop, sat in a comfy chair – probably drinking hot chocolate – with the rain falling outside, and the world around falling away while you get lost in the pages which reveal a whole new world. There’s something quite alluring about it.
What is it then that makes a great bookshop? The ambience of rain is always great in my opinion, but of course this is nothing to do with the actual bookshop. Is it the cosy feel of an independent store? The collection of books? The staff? Whether or not they sell items other than books? Whether or not they have tea/coffee facilities? What is it that makes a bookshop great? As already mentioned, I like there to be a cosy feeling to a bookshop; I want to feel like it’s a place I would feel comfortable hanging out in; I want staff that are approachable; I want there to be near by parking; places to sit are always a bonus and I of course want a great YA section. It’s also good to have an online buying option if someone is unable to get into the store – with all the online competition, I feel that this is important.
I’ve been thinking about this lately because of a business project I am looking into and thought I would ask you wonderful people for your opinions. So over to you….