A book town is a town or village that promotes itself as a place for bibliophile tourists. Hay-on-Wye, a small town on the border of Wales and England, is the most famous book town and it’s often called “The Town of Books”.
There are about thirty bookshops in and around Hay-on-Wye. Hay Castle Books and the Honesty Bookshop are in the picture at the top of my blog. Yes those books are outside all the time, even when it rains. The paperbacks are 10p each and the hardcovers are 50p each. You just put the money in the box for the books you choose to buy.
Hay-on-Wye also has a huge extremely popular ten-day book festival every year. The next Hay Festival is 31 May 2012 – 10 June 2012 and will be the 25th anniversary.
- Second-hand maths and computing books (cartesianproduct.wordpress.com)
- Biblio-Connecting (finebooksmagazine.com)
- Secondhand book serendipity (guardian.co.uk)
- The Cultured Approach (neitherusenorornament.wordpress.com)