La Infinito, café-libros-arte, Madrid. La Infinito is a bookshop café serving ‘long moments and nice chats’, afternoon readings, and wifi sessions, without making its customers worry that the waiter would remove the glasses from the table by the time they finish eating. Open from dawn to midnight, La Infinito serves breakfast with their completely original menu, in which all options are named after artists (e.g. name of juices are poets, musicians are shakes.) La Infinito is also a space open to all kinds of cultural events. There are two shelves loaded with books and essays about poetry and theater, copies of literary works which are available for selling and sharing, and a small stage available to artists who want to present interesting projects like poetry readings. There’s surely not a place for literature like La Infinito. (Photo by James Madden)
Barter Books, Alnwick. Back in April 1991, and in the face of a rather large overdraft, Mary Manley decided to open a secondhand bookshop - one that would be based on the swap system and called Barter Books. Her husband, Stuart, immediately took to the idea and suggested that Mary open the shop in the front room of what was then his small manufacturing plant, located in Alnwick’s magnificent old Victorian railway station. From that time a joint partnership was formed that would eventually result in what the New Statesman magazine would call ‘The British Library of secondhand bookshops’. It was where the original ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ WWII poster was rediscovered. (Photo by Dave Morris)
The Paperback Bookshop is an independent general bookshop that was established in the early 1960s at the top of Bourke street and was then one of the few Melbourne bookshops to sell a good selection of Australian and imported books, particularly paperback editions of books not commonly available in Melbourne. (by Diego DeNicola)
Livraria Lello & Irmão is a bookstore located in central Porto, Portugal. It is one of the oldest book stores in Portugal. It has stained glass windows, carved wood book shelves, an amazing stairway, glass-enclosed bookshelves arched at the top, and Art Deco facade and interior on two levels. It’s among the most beautiful bookstores in the world. (Photos by Michael Huniewicz)
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One thing that makes the Strand so special is the people who work here. Artists, musicians, writers, world travelers..or aspiring actors, just like our very own Billy Mo!
I absolutely love this idea and this book store, so you know.