Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hay-On-Wye is the Bibliophiles' Mecca

I came across an article on Oddity Central website titled Hay-on-Wye – The Bibliophiles’ Mecca by Spooky. The following is a quote from the article by Spooky:
Home to the largest secondhand bookstore in the world, Hay-on-Wye is more than just a little town on the border between England and Wales, it’s book heaven on Earth.

The history of Hay-on-Wye as the “town of books” began on Fools’ Day of 1977, when during a bold publicity stunt, bibliophile Richard Booth announced the independence of Hay-on-Wye as a kingdom of books, with him as the monarch. Ambassadors were sent to the International Court of Justice, in Hague, and a rowing gunboat started patrolling on the river Wye. Since then, he managed to establish a healthy tourism industry based on books, and thousands of visitors come to Hay-on-Wye every year, to look for whatever books they need.

I now want to visit the town of Hay-On-Wye! I love visiting bookstores so, why not make a visit to visit to the largest secondhand bookstore in the world??

Click on the above link to checkout the pictures of the bookstores!

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