…and Team East is taking up the challenge:

While some people are slowly walking home through the neon-lit streets, or getting ready to hit the club scene, others are on their way to a more unusual nocturnal hangout — a bookstore.

The Eslite store in central Taipei opens 24 hours and has more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime hours.

Here, young and old sit side-by-side on small steps or around reading tables, deeply engrossed in literary worlds.

Others stand and some sit on the floor, all reading in hushed silence as soft classical music seeps out from the speakers.

The mix of literature and design has made the store a hangout for hipsters as well as bookworms, allowing the company to shrug off the challenges of the digital age.

“It is our belief that the more digital the society (becomes), the more we treasure the warmth of the interconnection,” (company spokesman Timothy) Wang says.

– from “Nightclubs for literature? Why book selling is booming in Taiwan” via CNN World

taiwan book storeCustomers at Eslite’s bookstore on Dunhua Road, Taipei read books
in the early hours.
The store is open 24 hours a day.

It has its issues and according to the article, books are only part of the mix – but they do account for about 40% of total sales. Something I’ve been saying about bookstores in the US – that in order for brick-and-mortar stores to survive, they have to expand the definition of a book “store”. That doesn’t mean you abandon the reader in favor of commodity – but you do add to the atmosphere and the draw and provide a more human(e) connected experience.

It’s a struggle.

But I do hope this makes you feel a bit better today…

Onward into the week!