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
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.