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A Bookstore and a Dream.

Some of you may remember my list of ‘resolutions’ for 2014, typed in a fit of energy and self-righteousness several weeks ago. Some of them have been a complete and utter failure…Let’s be honest, I haven’t read a single book from my Christmas tree. I am still determined to delve into my Encyclopaedias, but it may have to wait for a time this year when I don’t have quite so much going on. Riiiight…. Getting The Paperbook Collective printed in colour and finding advertising are still very possible, but they are a slow burn project that probably won’t take off until later this year. However, I am very happy, no, completely ecstatic to announce that resolution number five is well and truly underway! Believe it or not, I have managed to start a Book Exchange in my city! I wrote about the tragic closure of two of our bookstores in Issue Six of The Paperbook Collective. In a city of roughly 68 000 people we were left with a total of one bookstore, and no …

Reading My Christmas Tree and Other 2014 Resolutions.

I’m not one for making New Years Resolutions. I guess I used to, a few years ago, but the only goal I ever seemed to achieve was spectacularly failing all my resolutions. I’m feeling a bit optimistic this morning though. It could be because I have been listening to Flight of the Conchords non stop for the past four hours, and have consequently been cackling away to myself in an empty apartment. If you are ever feeling a bit flat, I highly recommend you give these guys a listen. Here are a few song lyrics from my favourite song, Hurt Feelings, to inspire you: It’s my birthday/2003/waiting for a call from my family/……/they forgot about me/ The day after my birthday is not my birthday Mum! I am also finishing of Issue Six of The Paperbook Collective, and I am really happy with how it’s going. It will be released on time tomorrow, all things going according to plan. So that’s awesome.  Anyway, I have been thinking about a few things I would like to achieve …

The Paperbook Blog

Why? Because I love paper books. I am obsessed with them. I completely understand how impractical it is to literally own an entire library, rather than a library you can carry in your pocket, but there you go. A good friend forced me to download iBooks when I first got an iPhone, enthusiastically explaining to me how he could use it anywhere at any time; endless literature at the swipe of a fingertip. I subsequently downloaded a few of the free books, including a decidedly poor yet endlessly entertaining bodice-ripping thriller, Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure and Mahatma Ghandi’s Third Class in Indian Railways. I used the app a few times, mainly during work breaks or on the bus, but there was something about it that just felt wrong to me. I felt like I was cheating on books. So, sometime later when my phone was reaching maximum capacity, I happily deleted iBooks. I haven’t looked back since. Well meaning family members and friends have often offered to buy me a Kindle, or an eReader, or whatever else they are called …