It appears that it’s not just booksellers in the UK which are in danger, but booksellers in Venice are also in a battle against extinction.
Local authors have joined with the Venice Biennale, a contemporary art exhibition, to help with inventing new support systems to booksellers in Venice after some of the city’s bookshops closed down last week.
The Bookseller has reported the news today. Considering UK booksellers are also under threat, I thought it seemed appropriate to blog about the news as it is interesting (and worrying) to see that booksellers around the world are also struggling. In addition, it is not just the booksellers themselves which suffer, but the publishers aswell. What is worrying is that without bookshops, publishers have less places to sell their work which could in turn lead to more publishing houses struggling to survive. The closure of bookshops also destroys a cultural aspect of society with writers and the general public also suffering.
Writers have gathered outside the famous Salone della Libreria Sansoviniana to address the city’s MPs and the Town Council of Venice to help to save independent bookshops which are struggling to survive by the high rents and rates established.
The Venice City of Readers campaign has been set up and a manifesto written asking MPs to “recognise quality bookshops and support for independent bookshops in particular”. Other points which the document request is that bookshops are able to occupy publicly owned buildings, and philanthropy and cultural collaborations to support them.
With any luck, the campaign and manifesto will help the Italian bookshops to survive. The article highlights that outlets find it hard to survive in the famous tourist destination. It will be interesting to see what the outcome of this will be. With the promotion of booksellers in the UK being reinforced with the Books Are My Bag campaign, should the project prove successful, perhaps we shall see a similar project being launched in foreign countries too.