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What The Future Holds?
02-MAR-2010

What The Future Holds?

I am not sure if it was just chance which led to this magazine landing between the glass door and the shutter of the latest
Dundalk shop to fall victim of the Recession or if it was placed there by a member of staff before the key was turned for the
last time.
A receiver has been appointed to the Irish bookseller Hughes & Hughes which had a chain of bookshops around the country, including one in Dundalk. There was great excitement when the shop opened about four years ago. Finally we were going to get a proper bookshop, a bookshop where the staff knew about books, where it wasn't just the best-sellers and chick-lit stacked on the shelves but literary fiction, biography and reference. There was a dedicated kids' section with a fish tank and a coffee shop where customers were encouraged to browse through books before purchasing. They had book signings and readings, and sponsored competitions for local schools. The company blamed high rents, internet sales and the exchange rates as factors which had contributed to its demise.
Now, sadly, the shop is one of many lying vacant along the main street.

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larose forest photos05-Mar-2010 04:08
Wonderful shot and mood, though very sad too. We've lost a number of independent booksellers here in Ottawa as well. To a book fiend like myself, it is heartbreaking to see these shops closing. Your photo is a fitting farewell to yet another bookshop closing its doors. Sad. But a big vote for your photo.
LynnH03-Mar-2010 23:17
Perfect color and treatment to give this an ominous mood. Our booksellers have not had the best luck either. I don't know if it is the economy so much as that many don't read any more, or they read online, or buy books through Amazon. Brick and mortar bookshops are going away... sad but true. Love your story and photo today. V
Neal Nye03-Mar-2010 12:18
The somber tones are so effective for this sad report. So expertly done!
slhoornstra03-Mar-2010 07:44
A stunning photo, love the style, but a sad report. Things are changing for the worse here too. V
pkocinski03-Mar-2010 00:19
Excellent find and very well done!
Alan K02-Mar-2010 22:54
The colours give a certain Orwellian feel to it... disturbing in terms of the content. An excellent and effective shot as a result, though. Doubleplusgood, even. We're effectively down to only a couple of major chains, only one of which (Dymocks) could be considered a truly good bookshop, but they seem to be holding their own for now at least, thankfully.
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