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Art & Design Bookshops in London: Artwords and Magma

昨日、ブロードウェイ・マーケットのl’eau à LA BOUCHE(ロアラブッシュ)に行った時に、「Artwords Bookshop」が最近オープンしたのに気づいた。Artwords Bookshopは、コンテンポラリー・ビジュアルアート系の本や雑誌、ビデオなどを扱うショップで、Rivington PlaceがあるショーディッチのRivington Streetに、一号店がある。数坪ほどの狭いRivington Street店の方に比べ、明るく、すっきりとデザインされたブロードウェイ・マーケット店の方は、ゆったりしていて、ゆっくり本が探せる。

When we went to l’eau à LA BOUCHE on Broadway Market, we found a new art bookshop “Artwords Bookshop” on the same street. Artwords Bookshop is the specialist for books, magazines and videos on the contemporary visual arts. There is its first shop on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, near Rivington Place. In compare to the tiny shop on Rivington street, the one on Broadway Market is more spacious and light with its white interior.


Two greeting cards we bought at Artwords. We buy nice designed cards whenever we find and stock them.

もう1つのロンドンのアート・デザイン系ブックショップは、アーティストやクリエーターなら誰でも知ってるMagma books。クラーケンウェルのClerkenwell RoadとコベントガーデンのEarlham Streetにショップを持ち、コベントガーデン店の数軒先に、デザイン雑貨のセレクトショップもある。またロンドン以外に、マンチェスターに店舗がある他、オンライン・ショッピングも展開している。私たちは、家から近くて、店も広くて、客が少ないクラーケンウェルのショップに、たまに行く。

Another art & design book shop in London is Magma books, the famous shop that any artists and creators know. There is a shop on Clerkenwell Road in Clerkenwell, as well as on Earlham Street in Covent Garden. Magma also has a design product shop few steps away from the Covent Garden shop on the same street, and also a branch in Manchester as well. We prefer the Clerkenwell shop because it is bigger and less people, and closer from home.

一般的に、これらの小規模独立系書店を取り巻く状況は厳しい。テレグラフ紙の記事によると、昨年、10店のうち1店の独立系書店が閉店。1週間に3店が閉店した計算になるそうだ。不況の影響もあるけれど、それよりも大手スーパーのテスコやアマゾンの安売り価格に太刀打ちできないのが、大きな原因だ。イギリスも日本のように、小売店と出版社が本を定価で売ることを合意した「Net Book Agreement (NBA)」があったが、1995年に廃止され、値下げできる体力のある大手書店やスーパーが断然有利になった。また来月イギリスでも発売になるアップル社のiPadなど、電子ブックの普及も大きな痛手になるだろう。


Circumstance of these independent shops is quite tough now in UK. According to an article in the Telegraph, one in 10 independent bookshops closed last year, at a rate of three a week. Recession is one of the reason, but the evils that let these small shops go bust are the big retailers such as Tesco or Amazon that sell largely discounted book. After the abolition of the Net Book Agreement (NBA) in 1995, which was an arrangement between publishers and booksellers that ensured books could not be offered at discounted prices (I believe Japan still has similar rule), the big retailers can cut the price big with the selling and negotiation power with the publishers and have been in much better positions than small bookshops. Emerging of e-book market and electronic book readers, including Apple’s iPad, could be a final blow to them.

Customers come to a bookshop to find what they want, but buy with cheaper price at a big bookshop, supermarket or online. iPhone app “RedLaser” lets you scan a book’s bar code and find the cheapest price. We also buy books at Amazon if the price is much cheaper and when we are not in hurry, and RedLaser is on our iPhone as well. I feel sorry for the small shops, but it is capitalism that customers go for cheaper prices, and we can’t help these shops by buying books from them, if we are alone. There are not much choice for the small independent shops to survive – either to specialize in one area such as Magma or Artwords, to stock up rare books that are not easy to find, or to give an extra service that other shops don’t. Also going online is a must to reach out to more customers. Unfortunately, the time has changed and small business has to adopt it…

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