The End Of Books II

Reading & Writing

I’ve been trying to think of things we might lose if and when the ‘paper’ book market fades away, and remembered this; it’s a postcard that fell out of a secondhand book I’d bought in Charing Cross Road a few years back. In another book I found a letter from Ronald Searle to his publisher folded under the flyleaf.

If you’ve been down Charing Cross Road lately, you’ll notice that more bookshops have emptied out – the one on the corner of Cranbourn St is suddenly vacant, and given the very few that remain, it’s doubtful that this street can retain its image as London’s street of bookshops any longer.

It’s good that writers can turn to the internet to publish (as there will be apps on the iPad that make this easier) but one problem remains; how will you stumble across the treasured rare find whose cover you love?

3 comments on “The End Of Books II”

  1. Janne Borgh says:

    This is exactly what is happening to the music industry. I remember buying records just for the cover and 9 times out of 10 I was right. People need something physical to hold. I once bought Roofworld (my intro to the world of Fowler) jus because of the cover and the backprint. Cheers
    Janne, and thanks for all the books!

  2. stephen groves says:

    Hi Chris,
    Oh my god, how will we ever get our first editions signed !
    You got to have the paper.On a more calmer note. I never thought that i would ever have a record collection I couldn’t touch and hold ,that i felt was mine and in the case of a divorce fight over.Now I couldn’t tell you the last time I was in a record shop. All my record collections are on my computor and if i want the latest album i’ll download ,and if i ever get divorced i’ll do her a copy on a memory stick.where’s the fun in that?

  3. Alan says:

    I love the postcard though.

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