Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Book Barge --- A Floating Bookstore

Approximately, six months ago or so,  I learned about  The Book Barge, which is a unique floating bookstore in the United Kingdom that sails through the canal ways. What a unique sounding bookstore! An article was written about The Book Barge in the The Guardian called A bookshop going places by Lee Rourke. Rourke writes in his article:
The Book Barge was indeed a floating bookshop on a canal boat (57' Cruiser Stern) in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

It is the brainchild of Sarah Henshaw. "By setting up on a canal boat," she explained, "we hope to promote a less hurried and harried lifestyle of idle pleasures, cups of tea, conversation, culture and, of course, curling up with an incomparably good Book Barge purchase." I was immediately sold. But why a canal boat? "I hoped that by creating a unique retail space, customers would realise how independent bookshops can offer a far more pleasurable shopping experience than they're likely to find online or on the discount shelves at supermarkets."
Some day I'd enjoy riding The Book Barge myself! Click on links above to learn more about this unique bookstore!

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