Once upon a time, a book was considered a beautiful, holy thing
As humble scribes face competition from Mr Tayto, Declan Lynch fears that bookshops are losing their souls
Published 07/03/2010 | 05:00
MichaeL Foot died last week, just missing World Book Day. And the second-hand bookshops of London town will certainly be the poorer for his passing.
Yet to an extent there has always been a recession in the second-hand book business, so perhaps they are in less peril than the bigger outfits -- sadly, we also learned last week that the Hughes & Hughes chain had gone into receivership.
It may be the case that the book business is suffering in the same way as every other business these days -- basically, no one is buying anything.