If you are a bookworm today, you would probably be carrying your Kindle around with you all the while. And while it does make carrying books easier, it does beg the question – do we still need bookshops today?
More and more people believe that the era of bookstores is coming to an end. All the info we need can be accessed online, why go to the shop? But there are also many people who will never agree with this.
Yes, you could buy and download all the books you need on your e-book reader, but nothing can replace a chance to go to the quiet bookshop you like and spend their hours just looking through new editions. And who can forget the smell of them? It’s a booklover’s delight, any day!
People keep coming to bookstores simply for the atmosphere: quiet and orderly rooms, polite and helping personnel, soft chairs for comfortable sitting and browsing through the book you liked or viewing attractive photo albums.
Many bookshops in Newfoundland now combine selling books with some related products such as writing accessories, table games, and puzzles. To increase profitability, some also create a unique atmosphere combining a shop with a cafe.
If you are an active reader and still like the good old books, here are some places where you can find them in Newfoundland.
This bookshop is situated at 44 Maple Valley Rd #30, Corner Brook. The staff is very friendly and offers the visitors extensive knowledge of their products. Most clients like the calm and friendly atmosphere. Everything is neatly organized, so customers usually have no problem finding what they are looking for.
Even if some problems arise, the staff will quickly solve any. If you don’t find what you need, you can order it from their website, and it will be delivered to the store for free.
This bookstore is located at 70 Kenmount Rd, St. John’s. Readers love to spend hours here. They just grab a coffee from the Starbucks that is in the store and wander through the shelves to find something amazing to read.
The staff is friendly, easily approachable and very knowledgeable. They can find exactly what you’re looking for, or help you find something if you’re not sure of what you want. Chapters can be used by anyone looking for a quiet place to read or choosing a present for someone special!
The store is situated at 208 Duckworth St, St. John’s. Elaine’s Books is a beautiful place to browse for a book. Book lovers can find many hidden treasures here. Elaine’s keen sense of literary value is well demonstrated in the excellent selection she has chosen to stock. This is a wonderful bookstore. Elaine’s Books have additional value in the local community due to occasional concerts and readings.
If you are in Newfoundland, don’t forget to pay a visit to one of them!Read More
Book publishing has always been very popular. Even if some people insist that this sphere is starting to decline, it does not look like true if we take into account the great number of various publishing houses throughout Canada.
Each province has at least five of them, and with many people are trying their hands out at writing today, they have an opportunity to apply to a chosen publishing house and see their publication in print.
Many publishing houses offer books with exclusive design (jubilee, souvenir design or simply memorable gift books). Such service grows extremely popular these days.
Here is a list of some of the publishing houses you can go to if you are looking to get your book published.
Breakwater Books is a company, which appeared in 1973. In its early years, this publishing house aimed to publish only materials that deals with Newfoundland and Labrador culture. In recent years, Breakwater has enlarged its range of activities and started publishing high-quality literature in all genres. They publish children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, educational curricula, and poetry.
The company purchased Creative Book Publishing from Newfoundland, in an all-out deal last year. With it, the company aims to develop Newfoundland and Labrador’s publishing sphere by producing excellent literary works.
It also promotes Newfoundland authors in the Canadian market as well as internationally. Creative Book Publishing is located in St. John’s.
The publishing house produces 10-14 new books a year and reprints about ten books annually. Some of the popular books that have come from its stables include the likes of Full Circle by Helen Fogwill Porter and Too Unspeakable for Words, by Rosalind Gill.
Boulder Publications, headquartered in Newfoundland & Labrador, is known to publish books across different niche, from children books to books on nature and photography. Among its bestsellers include books like Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things, as well as FavoritePerennials for Atlantic Canada.
Flanker Press is also situated in St. John’s. It is comparatively new but it is growing more popular in Newfoundland and Labrador. The publishing house is known for its quality publications of trade books in the region. The company does like to promote books more on the historical fiction niche as well as books in the non-fiction genre.
This one’s another publishing house that works from its headquarters based in St. John’s NL. Unlike many of its other competitors, this publishing house focuses mostly on works of poetry and prose. Occasionally, it does come out with its own graphic novels as well.
If you are a Canadian author looking to get your work published, these are the best places you can go to.
Before choosing a certain book publisher, do look at the book publishers’ websites, their terms, and conditions and contact the chosen publishing house to discuss the best opportunities for publishing books. Publishing managers help to calculate the cost of preparatory and printing services.
When deciding to publish a book, pay attention to the types of services provided by the book publisher. Some publishers have a narrow specialization and send your work to a larger printing house. This increases the costs and usually affects the quality of the end product.Read More
If you are looking for a place to read your favorite books in Newfoundland, you won’t be disappointed. There are a good many public libraries and bookstores around for you to take your pick from. Almost all of them have their own book clubs. There are also independent book clubs established by lovers of reading.
Almost every distinguished publishing house advertises clubs one can join to enjoy quality books they publish. These are such publishing houses as Boulder Publications, Breakwater Books, Creative Book Publishing, Flanker Press and many others.
You can always join their communities created on social media and learn about new releases and share impressions from reading there.
The most distinguished book clubs in Newfoundland are The Book Bags, and We Don’t Bake Muffins Book Club. The last one gains much popularity recently.
The book club with this unique name was created back in 2007. It had only four members then. It is proud to be developing and invites new members to its meetings and interesting discussions of the books they have read. Usually, the choose books that can be bought at a low price or got for free. But they are open to discussing almost anything as long as it arises public interest and covers some important issues.
Nowadays, We Don’t Bake Muffins Book Club members meet on a monthly basis, and there are usually from 12 to 15 people at such meetings. They organize such meetings always at home of some club member. They enjoy a glass of good wine and delicious meals during the meetings, which make them extremely pleasant.
We Don’t Bake Muffins Book Club, boasts of a great diversity among its members. Some of them know each other for years; some meet first at the recent meetings and become good friends. They have different views, outlooks and perception of the world, but the more diverse, the more interesting the debate is.
Many club members state that they are very happy to join because otherwise, they would never read what they have read on the advice of other members and greatly enjoyed. But what is even more important, they would have never met the people they have met here.
The Book Bags is another popular book club in Newfoundland. Just like other book clubs, it organizes frequent meetings for its members, where they can enjoy spending quality time together, leading interesting discussions and even debates, sharing ideas and impressions. The book club members also advise on something new and worth reading.
So, as we see, becoming a member of some book club is a very advantageous thing for any book lover. It gives a lot of possibilities to develop your reader’s skills and get more information than just printed in words. Want to enjoy reading to the fullest? Join a nearby book club!
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