Waging war against `the McDonald's of books' in Israel

Anonymous Patron writes "A paper from Israel, Haaretz Reports, here and there around the country, courageous - and, of necessity, creative - attempts are being made by small bookstore owners to survive in the face of the large chains. The proprietors of the small shops are calling for book buyers to leave the beaten track sometimes and to just come into their shops for a moment. Even if the book costs a bit more, in the final reckoning - which isn't a financial reckoning - it pays off. "Books are like friends, they give us wings.""

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if academic libraries tried that

If academic libraries tried to put books everywhere like they do in those cool book cafes, we would be in violation of ADA and fire codes and have to put more space between shelves.

But those jam packed European (and apparently Israeli) bookstores are the best.

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