Here’s hoping that the Kino (the bookstore Kinokuniya) never closes down. I particularly love the branch at Liang Court although it has a much smaller selection than the one at Ngee Ann City. The reason why I say this is becuase we have been losing bookstores, one after another. First it was Borders, then PageOne, followed by Harris closing it’s main branch at Great World City. So sad. It must be because people are buying electronic books instead. I find it so sad because for me nothing can replace the traditional form. I am just not comfortable with reading on a device even though it’s kinder to the trees and takes up less space when you travel. Just being in a bookstore makes me happy. There’s something just very calming about being among books. All the unread pages, all the unembarked upon adventures, all the potential knowledge. It’s nice.
I love that Kino wraps all it’s books as I like getting them in mint condition. I hate it when books get dogearred or worse yet get their spines cracked. It’s really painful to me. Yes, I am anal that way.
I like the way Kino displays their books and it’s so easy to find the ones worth reading.
The travel section always makes me long for distant lands I have never set eyes upon, but only dream about.
And the Japanese bookstore wouldn’t be complete without a super kawaii stationary section.
I stopped buying magazines as I get my celebrity fix for free online, but it’s nice to look at the covers. But mostly I love sussing out titles both old and new. I mostly go for fiction but I do love a well told true story.