Things I don’t like in an independent bookshop
- Books squeezed in so tight that removal is difficult and replacement impossible.
- Old, discoloured books mixed in with the new books, suggesting poor stock rotation.
- Owners ranting on the phone to their suppliers. This is unprofessional. In addition, bookshops, like libraries, should be mainly quiet.
- Books right at the back of the bottom shelf. I’m 6 feet tall with creaking knees.
I will always try to support a high-street bookshop and so, despite my gripes, I did manage to find two Christmas presents.