Research Trip

In 2013, we set about finding the pulse of the book trade in Europe & the UK – here are a few thoughts.

The New Asterix

Not sure about you, but when I was a boy, it was Tintin or Asterix. You could do both – but you had to have a favourite. Mine was Tintin (but probably only because my Dad encouraged Asterix).

However, even having declared my allegiance to the boyish Belgian, there is still something special about the gallant […]

By |October 24th, 2013|Research Trip|Comments Off on The New Asterix


Ooh-la-la. The 6th arrondissement is home to one of Paris’ must-visit areas, St-Germain-des-Pres. Renowned as the haunt of literary luminaries Sartre & de Beauvoir, it is no surprise to find it has a plethora of wonderful bookshops, many specialising in art books to complement the even-more-plentiful art galleries.

My highlight was definitely Taschen. Nobody quite does […]

By |October 20th, 2013|Research Trip|Comments Off on Saint-Germain-des-Pres

Les Librairies de Paris

Wow. Obviously we’re into books, so it’s understandable that we would seek out some bookshops when we’re out and about. But Paris is incredible!

Having spent some time a couple years back, we knew a little but today we weren’t even looking for bookshops and just kept tripping over them. Yes, we visited Shakespeare & Co, […]

By |October 16th, 2013|Research Trip|Comments Off on Les Librairies de Paris

Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

It may be hard for us to fathom, being over the other side of the world, but books are still huge in Europe. The Frankfurt Book Fair is bigger than big – they say 200,000 people come through the doors over the five days and, with thousands of exhibitors, there’s plenty to see. There are […]

By |October 13th, 2013|Research Trip|Comments Off on Frankfurt Book Fair 2013

Amsterdam Bookshops

Just a handful of bookshops (boekhandels) we frequented in Amsterdam. The architecture really lends itself to some adorable shopfronts. Considering the long, historically significant connection the Dutch have with the printed word, it may be worth considering which came first – bookshops to suit the architecture, or buildings made for bookshops?


By |August 7th, 2013|Research Trip|Comments Off on Amsterdam Bookshops