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Next up for coolest bookshop on the planet: Bucharest, Romania February 18, 2015 – Posted in: bookshops, Interior Design

The latest jaw-dropping bookshop to grace the planet is Cărtureşti Carusel (The Carousel of Light).  Opened by the Romanian bookshop chain Carturesti this concept store occupies a newly renovated 19th century architectural gem located in the heart of Bucharest. The 6 majestic floors will house books, music and DVD’s, a cafe, a multimedia event space and an art gallery. Cărtureşti Carusel facebook page New Magical Bookstore Opens Its Doors In Romania bored panda Previously on Book Patrol: Model Bookshop: The new Shonan…

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Bookshop Theater: A little “Misery” at Barnes and Noble January 27, 2015 – Posted in: bookshops, Content, Video

In 2011 Norfolk, Virginia’s The Generic Theater presented “a thrilling stage adaptation” of the Stephen King novel Misery. As part of the promotional festivities one of their actresses went to the local Barnes and Noble for a little publicity stunt. ‘Crazy Chick Flips Out in Barnes & Noble’ is how they titled it and what we get is a “Misery” infused encounter with an unsuspecting (?) employee. The actress is channeling the character Annie Wilkes (think Kathy…

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Model Bookshop: The new Shonan T-Site bookstore sets the stage for the 21st century January 21, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Interior Design

Recently I mused about the benefits of putting a bookstore in every mall and wouldn’t you know Japan’s leading entertainment retailer Tsutaya has just hit it out of the park with the opening of their latest store Shonan T-Site, located 30 miles outside of Tokyo. Tsutaya returned to architects Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham to help create their second retail outlet. Their first venture together, the Daikanyama project, won numerous awards including World’s Best Shopping Center at the World Architecture Festival and the 2013 Grand Prize at Design…

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Profile of Phinney Books: An Indie Bookseller in Amazon Territory January 5, 2015 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content

When Leigh Burmesch moved to Seattle a few months ago she wanted to know if Seattle’s bookstores really do embrace the gorilla in their backyard, Amazon. What a better place to start then a visit to Phinney Books and chat with Tom Nissley, a former Amazon employee and “Jeopardy!” champ , about his opening and running a new bookstore in the Age of Amazon. More at Flip the Media

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Let’s put a bookstore in every mall November 28, 2014 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Reading / Literacy

To magnify the ridiculousness of what has become Black Friday, The Stranger, one of Seattle’s few remaining papers that publishes with any integrity, produced a whole issue that originated in a mall.  Setting up shop 17 miles outside of Seattle at the Alderwood Mall they went to work. It started this way: It’s easy to feel superior in a shopping mall, as anyone who lives in a city should know by now. But easy ironies no…

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