The arrival of a new bookstore is always something that encourages a trip to investigate and the arrival of Japanese second-hand chain Book-off could be something very interesting indeed. According to The Times the bookstore has been able to take the shame out of buying secondhand through a process of book cleaning and rigorous checks on standards of the goods on offer. The chief executive Mayumi Hashimoto is quoted in the paper as saying: "Nobody really likes second-hand books when they smell."
it will be fascinating to see if the London store planned for the Regent Street area can make a difference with its upmarket glitzy approach. All most people, myself included, will be interested in is firstly the breath of the stock and then secondly the prices.