Do You Read Me?: Bookstores Around the World (Hardcover)
In an industry based on a universal object: the book, you might mistakenly think all bookstores are alike. Happily, Do You Read Me? illustrates that the essence of the independent bookstore is shaped by the people who work and shop there. Peruse radically different styles of bookshops from austere (one in Japan sells only one selection per week) to opulent (another in Portugal is architecturally astonishing and sells tickets for entrance). Each selection is a portrait of bookish passion, and the quality of production of the book itself makes me absolutely giddy! Gestalten has created an art book, and yes (blushing furiously), Wild Rumpus is graciously included. This book is a gift for anyone missing the in-person shopping experience! Please shop local and keep this hallowed tradition called bookselling alive!— Collette, Wild Rumpus
Lose yourself in the pages of this showcase of some of the most beautiful, innovative, and successful bookshops around the world. Bookshops are powerful places with the -freedom to deep-dive into their niche, from -cooking to cartoons, architecture to anarchy. - Do you read me? reconsiders the bookshop as a cornerstone of the community, where subcultures have the physical space to thrive. Bookshops are universally recognized as marketplaces of knowledge, curiosity, inspiration, and entertainment. They also promote communication and tolerance across cultures and have become destinations for both local communities and travelers. Within a changing media environment their role has been shifting, leading their overseers to pursue different ways to engage with their customers and build local--and sometimes even regional--support for their businesses. Do you read me? seeks out the most innovative and beautiful bookshops achieving this, sharing their concepts and celebrating book culture in all its glorious forms.