Since I’m kind of having a self-centred weekend, here’s the second post in two days that’s all about… ME. Sorry, I’ll be back to books “properly” soon! You know how close I’ve been for a while to succumbing to the Call of the Kindle. Well, the day before yesterday I actually ordered it! It’s my reward for submitting my PhD.
I also bought this cover to go with it:
It’s from RogueTheory on Etsy. I love the bright orange and the dragonflies! Plus, by buying a handmade case I somehow feel less guilty about buying Kindle from Evil Amazon. I’m all about deluding myself, it seems.
Of course, just as I’d ordered it, I became aware of a problem that I hadn’t even remotely considered might exist (OK, stupid me for not having done enough research, I suppose): apparently, if my Kindle is registered to the German Kindle store, I can’t buy e-books from any of the other Amazon stores, like .com, .co.uk, or .es. Are you f’ing shitting me?! I’m going to have to see how this one plays out, but I suspect it may be a reason for me to continue buying copious amounts of printed books especially when I’m in Spain.
Also, I’ve already started buying my physical books only from independent bookshops rather than big chains.Last week I paid a visit to the Dussmann KulturKaufhaus in Berlin to buy some Spanish books. I have to confess here that Dussmann is part of the Dussmann Group, a medium-sized service provider. Maybe this is stretching the concept of “independent” bookshop a little; what do you think? At least, it’s not a huge global chain though, and their bookshop (they also have a huge DVD and music section) in Berlin is the most awesome thing EVER. Four floors of bookish goodness, with a huge English and a decent-sized Spanish section – compared to other bookshops – to boot. If you’re going to Berlin, I recommend you pay them a visit at Friedrichstraße.
I also recently discovered a great bookshop in Hamburg. Stories! has two branches, one in Eppendorf and one in the centre (the one I went to). They have a wide selection of books with a well-nourished English section, and I loved the layout of their shop. They also hold readings and other events. I’ll be sure to visit more often.
Next up I want to discover some of the really small shops in my area. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of my Indie Bookshop Project.