There’s nothing nicer than sitting down with a good book and a great cup of coffee. Or tea, if that’s what you’re into. I once visited a bookshop in the NSW town of Berry which had a cafe attached to it; it was the sweetest little shop, where I bought the most lovely copy of Ariel by Sylvia Plath.
So when I read this article detailing the rise in bookshop cafes in Korea, run entirely by publishing houses, I was excited. I’d love for this idea to come to Australia.
You’re probably thinking, ‘What’s so special about these bookshop cafes?’ Well one publishing house in Korea, the Munkahdongne Publishing Group were able to sell all their leftover books in their cafe at a discounted rate of 50%. Sounds pretty amazing, huh?
Cheap books and coffee, you can’t really go wrong there. It would’ve also been nice to by Ariel for cheaper, instead of the exorbitant amount I handed over (but the cover was so pretty!).
Being run by the publishing house means they have a definitive shop-front, where some of them even hold business meetings and writing events.
If there was a place like this near me, a place that mixed writing as a business with writing as a pleasure, I’d be there all the time. I’d feel like I was a part of it all, not just a consumer to a faceless company. Did I mention there’s also coffee?