Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bookish Places: Scotland - The Open Book


A new monthly meme here at vvb32 reads. As travel has been on the forefront of my mind, I thought I would share travel spots on my bucket list that are book related.


The Open Book
Air BnB bookstore
2 High Street
Wigtown, Scotland
Telephone: +44 1988 402010
Website | Facebook | Air BnB

From AirBnB listing:
Nestled into the pristine lowlands, The Open Book is a charming bookshop with apartment above in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town. Live your dream of having your very own bookshop by the sea in Scotland...for a week or two.

The first ever bookshop holiday / residency experience, Scotland's National Book Town welcomes you to play-bookshop for a week or two. We'll give you your very own apartment and bookshop below, supported by a team of friendly volunteers to make your trip as lovely as possible. Set up by The Wigtown Festival Company, The Open Book's aim is to celebrate books, independent bookshops and welcome people around the world to Scotland's National Book Town. The fee for your stay is low because we are a non-profit. It covers the running costs of the holiday but that is all. A laptop and WiFi are provided, plus bicycles for those who like to explore the bucolic countryside on two wheels!

Pretty much booked until 2018.

If you've ever thought about opening a bookstore, now's your chance to try it out: The Open Book, a small shop in Wigtown, Scotland, is soliciting temporary owners on Airbnb.

For $312.65 a week, book lovers can run their own indie bookstore and live above it in a one-bedroom apartment. Volunteers are on hand to help you out with daily tasks, but setting the hours (the store must be open 40 hours per week), stocking books and making window displays are your responsibilities.

Wigtown is Scotland's "national book town," home to 1,000 residents and 10 bookstores (that's 1 for every 100 people). It's also the setting of the Wigtown Book Festival, an annual 10-day book celebration.

"[T]he bookshop residency's aim is to celebrate bookshops, encourage education in running independent bookshops and welcome people around the world to Scotland's National Book Town," explains the Airbnb advertisement.

=====> Seems like a good way to get introduced to some of the logistics of bookselling business in a vacation setting.



* found out about this bookstore from Books on the Nightstand (here)

* source: images, store front

* source articles: here and here


  1. How unique! The setting of the town on the coast and the book store would be great.


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