Did you see that bewildering blog post on the Guardian website the other day? The rare book dealer who, since buying an e-reader, found paper books “fusty and old fashioned”?
The only “cumbersome, dusty and weighty” things in our shop are our booksellers (heh, sorry!) and we intend to keep it that way.
Because if we did suddenly feel detached from our wonderful books, it could make our customers uneasy:
CUSTOMER: I’d like to buy this copy of Ovid please.
BOOKSELLER: Eeeeugh. What’s that in your hand?
CUSTOMER: A paperback of Metamorphoses. Why are you looking at me like that?
BOOKSELLER: It’s papery and horrible! The page-y things move in the wind. Yuck. *swat, swat*
CUSTOMER: Oy. Stop hitting me with that poster tube. Ouch. Stop it.
BOOKSELLER: It’s okay. I’ve killed it. Quick, stamp on it in case it moves.
*BOTH LOOK AT CRUMPLED BOOK ON THE FLOOR*
CUSTOMER: I’m not paying for that, y’know.
Yeah. Awkward. It’s easier for us to stay in love with the movey-pagey oblong papery things.
PS: Our booksellers are not cumbersome, dusty and weighty. They are lithe, highly buffed and as light as air.