Bookshop holiday “書店主人”體驗之旅

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Bookshop holiday “書店主人”體驗之旅

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How many bookshops are there in Wigtown?

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Between the hills and the sea in southwest Scotland is a small town where they like their books a lot. Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town and among the many bookshops here, one is available to rent for a week at a time.

It’s run by enthusiasts who want to be surrounded by books while trying their hand at selling some too. Alison Drury is a police community support officer from Bicester. But not this week; instead she is stacking bookshelves and shifting stock.

Reporter:
“You are paying for the privilege of running a bookshop for a week. What do your friends make of it?”

Alison Drury, Guest Bookseller:
“A bit of a mixture. I think some of them think that I am a bit eccentric and think that it’s a very strange thing to do. By the same token, I’ve got some friends who think it is extremely exciting and are very excited for me and actually a bit envious”.

The temporary bookstore boss has free rein. Displays can change; so too can the promotions. This shop, which once came close to closure, turned around by those who have a dream of running a bookshop and want the chance to test it out.

And if those who’ve come on their bookshop holiday are looking for ideas, with Wigtown boasting 14 book shops, there is plenty here to inspire. So successful has this Scottish one been, it’s booked up for the next two years.

在蘇格蘭西南部的群山和大海之間有一個小鎮,鎮上的人都非常喜愛讀書。這個名叫“威格敦”的小鎮是蘇格蘭的“國家圖書鎮”,在小鎮上的眾多書店中,有一家書店可對外出租,一周起租。

這個書店由圖書愛好者經營,他們既要徜徉在書海里,同時還得親自賣書。艾莉森·德魯里是一位來自比斯特的社區服務警察,但是本周她的身份變成了書店主人,她要排列書架上的書,並且銷售存貨。

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“你這是花錢體驗開一周書店這樣特別的經歷。你的朋友們怎麼看待這件事?”

艾莉森·德魯里 客串售書人
他們的反應褒貶不一,有些人覺得我有點古怪,他們認為這行為非常不可思議。同樣地,也有朋友認為這個經歷讓人無比振奮,他們也替我感到激動,甚至還有點羨慕我。”

臨時的書店主人對于書店的運營有著較大的自主權。書店的布置陳列可以改變;促銷活動也可以調整。這間曾幾近倒閉的書店,現在生機煥發,這歸功于那些有著開書店夢想並且想要付諸實踐的人們。

如果來這里體驗開書店的人們想要找尋一些理念和構想的話,那麼這個坐擁著十四家書店的小鎮絕對可以激發他們的靈感。由這間位于蘇格蘭的書店提供的“書店主人之旅”甚受歡迎,未來兩年的“體驗”都已預訂滿了。

詞匯

stacking
碼放,擺放

stock
庫存,存貨

displays
布置,陳列

promotions
推銷、促銷(活動)

running
經營,開辦

你知道嗎?

In 2010, Google counted up the total number of books that had ever been published. The total was a staggering 129,864,880.

2010年,谷歌統計了截至當年的全世界圖書出版數量,統計總數高達1億2986萬4880。

問題答案

Wigtown has 14 bookshops.

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