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Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Spectacular Hong Kong, Part II
Shop 922, 9/F Times Square
1 Matheson Street
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
After two disappointing attempts at visits to Hong Kong bookstores, (See Hong Kong, Part I) my husband and I were making our way on foot back to our hotel when we came upon Hong Kong's Time Square. That's right. Hong Kong has one too, not a square so much as it is a building and a grand one at that. Tall and contemporary with broad steps leading to an entry plaza, it comes complete with a jumbotron showing video announcements and advertisements. It certainly looked interesting enough to warrant our going inside to have a look.
Imagine my excitement when, upon checking the building index, we discovered that in addition to the fashionable clothing shops, jewelers, and department stores there was a bookstore, Page One, which surprisingly was next on my list for an attempted visit. Well, sort of. I had actually intended to visit a Page One shop in a different part of the city, but I was happy to forgo that plan in favor of the Times Square Page One. So we boarded the glass elevator and headed up to take a look.
The bookstore is every bit as sleek and contemporary as the building in which it resides. Patterned wood floors and clean, simple bookshelves and counters are brightly lit by chrome track lights on multilevel suspended ceiling panels. The high-tech look and feel of the shop is not surprising since Page One is known as an architecture and design resource. It's stock in this area is large and impressive.
For the most part Page One is very much like a bookstore you might find in the states, but it does have its unique elements. My husband was particularly intrigued by a large display of retro cameras, many of which had brightly colored cases rather than the usual black. And yes, they were old-style film cameras.
We got a chuckle out of a unique twist on the now-famous yellow and black "For Dummies" series, this one titled Feng Shui for Dummies. Pretty appropriate for a Hong Kong bookstore, don't you think?
I took special note of the "Best Sellers" display. Number One? The Steve Jobs bio. Also included were The Help and The Hunger Games in addition to several titles for younger readers like the latest Eragon sequel and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It would seem that reading tastes are similar on opposite sides of the globe.
Our visit to Page One in Times Square was unexpected and memorable. I will, in fact, think of this special store every time I start reading a new book because as the store motto says, "Every book begins with Page One."
See Hong Kong, Part III.