Individuals from across the industry meet at Foyles to discuss what bookshops of the future will look like
The ideas that emerged throughout the sessions encompassed everything from “bibliotherapy”, personal shopping, physical membership clubs, writers in residence, listening ports for audio books, moveable book shelves and a whole range of products and services including wedding gift lists, suggesting that future bookshops will be very much a social experience. The possibility of performances, art installations, gigs and exhibitions was also discussed. It emerged that a bar serving alcohol should be an integral feature of the new Foyles shop – "Hemingway's Bar" was the preferred name by some.
The workshop's participants also placed great emphasis on creating a sensory, tactile environment for children, recognising the importance of the children’s book market.