Saturday, May 23, 2009

The ingredients of a good bookshop

one of the joys of browsing bookshops is the opportunity, if the shop is well done, to encounter suggested reads. I'm not talking about the 3 for 2 at the front of Waterstone's but the clever way that some books are put front-facing and how when publishers update their editions they get used in displays.

So it was without difficulty I gravitated to Breakfast of Champions which is part of the Vintage Classics range. A great cover and a crisp and clean design. But so few bookshops seemed to have it opting instead for Slaughterhouse 5 and Cats Cradle at a push. Along with layout, subtle book positioning and choice are the other ingredients of a good bookshop.

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