As the air has a distinct chill, indicating the weather folks may be right about an incoming winter storm, I am finding myself in full nesting mode . . . hot cocoa, wrapped in a fuzzy throw and thinking about catching up on some good reading by the fire. (Or rather the hope of one if I can convince dear hubby it won’t be a waste of heat as it floats up the chimney.) In the interim, some great old movies are being replayed and I am always a fan of the Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks pairings – including this one:
For those who haven’t seen this movie, Tom Hanks plays the role of Joe Fox, the villain and owner of a major bookstore chain, who becomes a direct competitor of Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly, as she struggles to keep her mother’s bookstore, The Shop Around the Corner, afloat. The irony struck me, in thinking about this film, released in 1998, the Joe Fox’s of the world are now sharing that same struggle. The advent of audio books, Amazon.com, Kindle, and now the much talked about Apple ipad tablet, has the whole industry of bookselling rethinking their strategies.
Personally, while I do enjoy my technology, I so enjoy the tactile experience of holding onto a beautifully bound book, flipping the page in anticipation of what is yet to come for the characters, or to see how the plot thickens. As a designer, I view books as a wonderful way to add texture, history and warmth to a room. After all, what’s a bookcase if it’s only filled with tchotchkes ?
I could live in this fabulous combination of library and dining spaces created by Paschen Bibliotheken
Can you believe someone still does hand binding? The embossed turtle design is a testament to taking ones time for beautiful craftsmanship. From Hardbound Leather Books by Marcia Engletjes
. . . . oh, and definitely here!
(Photo credits, above: Paschen Bibliotheken)
It seems a bit odd, to think of hearing, “I’m going to curl up with my Kindle or tablet.” It loses something in translation, for me. There’s no turning the corner on a page, using a beautiful bookmark, or having a soft landing on my forehead, if I happen to fall asleep while reading.
Cheerful Reading to You! – Wanda
Oh . . . and if bookcases befuddle you, give me a call!