Friday Videos Love Bookshops With Videocameras

Jan Oda sent this video, from a bookshop, Type, in Toronto, Canada. It is adorable. 


Yes, I wish the final frame was about a “real” book, though I understand what they're saying there. 

I hope your weekend is filled with curious books in whatever format you want to read them. 


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    Tduhon6 says:

    That was a really cute video!  Thank you!  And I agree with the sentiment all the way.

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    Lisa says:

    I love this! I’ve watched it five times in the last couple days. And as much fun as I make of my designer sister for organizing her clients’ books by color, I think the shelves here look amazing when they’re sorted by color. It’s also neat to recognize some of the books, and who didn’t swoon over Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh dancing together?

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    Carin says:

    Did you mean you wish the final frame WASN’T about a “real” book?  That makes more sense to me, but I’m a bit of an ebook lover, so that was my thought.  Really cool, but all of that to diss my ereader?  Ah, well.

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    LoriSusangreen says:

    I felt the same as Carin. Nice video but then the final diss. Meh.

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    DreadPirateRachel says:

    I’m with Carin and LoriSusangreen. I thought the video was charming and the music was lovely, and I have huge amounts of envy for whomever had the time to make that video, but ultimately, I was disappointed that the whole point was to be dismissive of ereaders. It would have been so easy to have this be a celebration of reading, rather than a censure of the method by which people read.

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    Jim L says:

    Much as I appreciate the functionality of the eReaders—storage space, quicker to get a book, out-of-print books available for much less—I still love the tactile feel and scent of a new book, or the worn and slightly folded pages of a well-read novel.  Sadly, the vanishing of the brick-and-mortar bookstores (and the growing eReader presence in those that remain) show that I may be in the minority here.

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    mssarahb says:

    I think it’s wonderful that (what appears to be) a small indie bookstore created something so charming as marketing for their business, which is selling books. It has nothing to do with “dissing” e-readers (of which I have 3) and instead highlights, in a beautiful way, what they have to offer. Bravo.

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    CarrieS says:

    OK, here I expose myself to flaming – An ebook is not a book.  It’s an ebook.  It’s not better or worse.  Ereaders have opened up genre writing in a way that was unmarketable before.  There are all kinds of advantages to eBooks and ereaders.  They are awesome and have transformed the way we think about reading and writing and publishing.  But it’s not a “book” even if the text is the same.  I can’t carry my “book” of Jane Eyre as easily in a purse as I can my “eBook”.  I can’t access the many reader friendly touches that my ebook has – erasable highlighting, place finding, links to dictionaries, etc.  By the same token, I can’t smell my eBook (for better or worse – I like book smells).  I can’t loan it to whoever I want.  I can’t donate it to my library or sell it.  I can’t use it to make furniture out of (true story – in college my desk consisted of boxes of books with a plank over the top).  Jane Eyre is just as good, just as remarkable a piece of literature, in either format, but they are different formats – a book is a, y’know – BOOK.  An ebook, regardless of the actual content which may be the same as the content in a book, is not a book, it’s an ebook.  It’s not a diss and its not a value judgement – it’s a fact.

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    Jennifer Fox says:

    I live in Toronto used to hold events (when I worked at a publisher) at Type Books. A number of indie book stores have closed in Toronto, so I understand why “real books” is an important message to them and all other book stores.

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    CarrieS says:

    Actually, as I’m thinking about this instead of doing the stuff I’m supposed to be doing, maybe there is no such thing anymore as a “book”.  There are “print books” and “ebooks” and they are both real.  Hmmmm.  Thoughts?

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    Danielle says:

    This put a lump in my throat. Lovely tribute.

    One can mourn the passing of something beautiful without that meaning that one cannot appreciate what comes after.

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    TFQ says:

    When someone says “I wrote a book!” – they don’t mean they produced a physical paper object.  Maybe they wrote it out longhand; these days it is just as likely that they wrote it using a word processor.  For me, the book is the text, start to finish, whether the format is paper, audio, or digital.  It’s all book, it’s all real.

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