When the ebook wave hit, it was somewhat of a blessing for me. I like to read, but I hate clutter, and while having a small collection of books on display in your living room might look good, I get vaguely OCD over walls full of them. Having a device with literally hundreds of books on it? Awesome-sauce.
I’m not one of those who care about holding a bound copy; my iPad is just fine. Plus, if you need to look up a word, you can do so with two clicks within the book. (I mean, really, do so even if you get the meaning of the word through the context of what you’re reading. Learning the actual meaning of words is both educational and entertaining. Edutainment!)
Yet… My deep dark secret is that I love bookstores. I love browsing books, more so than browsing physical music-media, all for reasons… Well, we’ll leave that story for another day. Bookstores are awesome, and while I have spent the last few years exclusively reading digital texts, Team OlyCOOL has recently fallen of the wagon, and have gone Luddite when it comes to reading.
And that is the long, round-about version of how we found ourselves at Browsers Bookstore.
This is a shop with a lot going for it, and not much going against it. There is a good selection of books—the space is a lot larger than what the facade would suggest—and the space is very well laid out. Importantly, the categorization is well thought out; you have some general categories, and don’t have to jump between random sub-groups to find the author you’re looking for.
As far as any physical entertainment media store is concerned, one can always expect a bit… lot… of snobbery in those kind of places. At Browsers, you definitely get a whiff of that vibe, but only in the good sense. You know when you feel just a little bit better about yourself for shopping in a certain spot? Yep, this is a good store to get your ego massaged.
The prices are pretty average, and the selection of used titles seemed decent. Like I said: Very little gets in the way of the positives here.
Browsers was a good inaugural spot to start this little bookstore hunt of ours. Who knows where we’ll end up next, but as long as it makes us feel superior for being readers, it’s all good with us.