I love wandering around bookstores; running the tips of my fingers along all those spines, pulling down books of interest, glancing at the cover art, reading the blurb. They offer a unique atmosphere of solace – one of those rare havens where we can disappear and gain a peaceful hour away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. So you can imagine my delight when my local Waterstones store asked me to join them in the celebrations for Books Are My Bag (BAMB) day last Saturday.
We live in a world where the internet is part of our home and presents so many new avenues to purchase goods. On occasion it can be more convenient to buy at the press of a button. But high street shops offer a unique hands-on experience and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to share the market with online suppliers. Interestingly, according to the BAMB website, “56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers.”