The best bookshop in the world: Changing Capitalism with Global Reading

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Much talk takes place around iPhones and apps, tweets, and vodcasts. As record shops are replaced by e-commerce and portals of legal and illegal downloading,2the concurrent closure of bookshops is rarely as publicized. Charing Cross Road —once a beacon for internationalbibliophiles —is a chimera of its former self. Murder One closed, with their website reporting ‚we are not a bookstore anymore.‛3Silver Moon has been ‚incorporated‛ into Foyles. Some businesses like Sports Pages have migrated online. University bookshops are also suffering. Conservative buying practices ensure the purchase of textbooks that have passed through too many revisions and incorporated too little new research. The great works that appear on further reading lists —the ‚read before you die books‛ —have disappeared from the shelves.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalThe History of Intellectual Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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