I don’t think bookshops need an introduction for bookworms out there. They are everything to us: friends, family, therapists, comedy shows and much more. However, the etiquette of browsing bookshops might need some clarifying 🙄
I visit the bookshop (bookstore? is there a difference?) around once a week against my better judgement. I know I shouldn’t when both my physical and virtual TBRs are teetering with brilliant books, but it’s the only place I want to go to (and the movies). And, as you can probably predict, I usually find a book or two (or three) to add to my TBR (because my guilt won’t let me read them straightaway). So, it occurred to me just the other day:
Why don’t I just read the books in the shop?
Now, before anyone thinks to send the mob after me, I haven’t…yet. I’m too self-conscious and overly polite to do so at the moment but it is something I’m wrestling with.
Here’s my reasoning as to why I don’t think it’s such a bad idea:
- I’m not rich. Now, this isn’t the perfect excuse, but there are times when I will go to a bookshop and leave without having bought anything because I cannot afford to buy anything. What if there are people who are in a situation where they can rarely buy a book? And they don’t have a library near them?
- I buy books I love. So, even if I finish the book in store, that’s no guarantee I won’t be buying it in the future.
- Realistically, I wouldn’t be spending all day every day in the shop, reading one title after another. I go once a week at most, and even then only to spend around two hours there. So really, the chances of me reading an entire book are quite slim anyway, so the one time I do get the chance…I want to take it.
- most bookshops have chairs, and very comfortable looking couches…need I say more?
- a bookseller on Reddit made a really good point about ‘see a reader, be a reader’ and how the difference between online retailers and bookshops is atmosphere. This particular bookseller said it works to the bookshops advantage if they encourage people to read in their shops, they’d rather people weren’t overly conscious of the fact that they’re trying to separate us from our money. If people hang around and read, they’re more likely to buy books.
Like I said, I haven’t done it yet but I won’t lie: I would like to (unless there is a law preventing it, or an unwritten but universally agreed Code of Conduct for bookshops, in which case I won’t).
Am I the only one battling with these (potentially dangerous) thoughts?
Have you ever read an entire book in a bookshop? (if so, how did you do it?!!!)
Would you like to? (if so, defend me please!)
Let me know in the comments below 🤗