Foyles makes a move to fight back against
the online onslaught
The Arts Diary
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Tuesday 26 February 2013
Foyles makes a move to fight back against the online onslaught
It’s a hard time for bookshops but Foyles is getting on the front
foot. More than 100 trade professionals and authors met to envisage
the bookshop’s new flagship HQ — it is moving from Charing Cross
Road to the former site of Central St Martins College in
The suggestions ranged from having a concert hall and an exclusive members’ bar on the top floor, according to The Bookseller. But then they moved on to how the more modest-sized bookshop could adapt and survive against the might of the online books trade. A “ personal shopper” employed to “prescribe” books for customers’ needs – a great idea, even if it sound like those ladies in Selfridges that kit you up in expensive outfits. And “ guest curation” by authors re-designing the shop floor. Beat that, Amazon.
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