In the era of Amazon, who can resist a text “recommended for you”? But with each *click*, metadata expands and a cycle of the same books fill our shelves. However, long before Kamila Shamsie’s female-forward challenge to publishers, Ann Morgan uncovered yet another void in our literary marketplace.
A New Chapter for Literary Tourism
Literary tourism is booming. Between 2016-17, 1 in 4 Brits went beyond the pages of their favourite books at one of the UK’s literary hotspots, whilst over half of us are actively interested in exploring one.
Smartphones: The New Manuscripts
Books have been part of our existence for thousands of years. In the Middle Ages books and manuscripts were one of the main source of “material” knowledge. Through books, a small number of people learned their history, how society works, how to flirt… almost everything.
Turning Back To Movement By Turning A Page
Art is part of our everyday life. We read when we travel, we turn on the stereo after a long day, we coexist with art. However, even though we are strongly connected to art, we are drawing away from it by separating ourselves from the process of making art.
The Business of Borrowing: 250 Years of the Leeds Library
by Lizzy Holling Book buying has increased, but what about borrowing? The New Year brought reasons to celebrate within the publishing industry, as The Bookseller reported the UK print market has grown […]
The Material Value of Books – Random or Justified?
by Elżbieta Piepiórka Value is relative. To some, Jane Austen is a genius. Others can’t comprehend why she was published. Sentimental, literary, academic values – these vary depending on our individual experiences and […]
Button Poetry: Speaking the Unspoken
by Rachel C-Potter In a 2013 Button Poetry slam event held in Madison, Wisconsin, Neil Hilborn performed the poem that after going viral catapulted him to fame, landing him a contract as […]
The Seven Customers You’ll Meet in a York Bookshop
by Elżbieta Piepiórka Welcome to the second segment of my three-part series on the inner workings of a second-hand bookshop. Disclaimer: this one is a cynical breather, sandwiched between two slightly more profound […]
The Wonderland of Second-Hand Bookshops
by Elżbieta Piepiórka Are the rumours true or are things not as they appear? Find out by following me down the rabbit hole, into the second-hand bookshop wonderland. Bibliophiles will agree that second-hand […]
Watt To Publish Next
by Eleanor Collins ‘Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.’ Anton Ego’s fine words inspire the Disney favourite, Ratatouille, but how do they apply to […]