The Honesty Bookshop

How’s this for business model:

An outdoor location
All books are £1 or less
Hours of operation – 24/7 365 days a year
Total staff – 0
Security – none
Method of payment – cash – deposited in lock boxes located throughout the shop

Welcome to the The Honesty Bookshop one of the 30 or so bookshops that populate the book paradise known as Hay-on-Wye. It is part of Richard Booth’s Bookshop which has, in addition to the Honesty Bookshop, two shops in Hay-on-Wye. And for those looking for a little Hay-on-Wye history, it was Richard Booth who opened the first bookshop there in 1961 and devised the concept of a book town.

Hmm, maybe we should attach a lock box to our bargain rack and leave it out after hours to see what happens. Will the super-egos of Seattleites prevail? or will the books and the rack disappear?

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