The Fordingbridge Bookshop

Opening times:

Mon-Sat 9am - 5:30pm

Who are you anyway?

We are David, Michelle (+family) and Ros.  Who are you? No, don’t answer that - come in to the shop and introduce yourself personally; it’s much more friendly.


We (David and Michelle) have just taken over the reigns from John and Liz Hudson who (with no short measure of help from Ros) have made the bookshop into the fantastic success that it is today.  We are very keen to continue John and Liz’s great work as well as adding our own touches along the way.  As the new owners we really want to meet as many people from the community as possible as well as its visitors to fully introduce ourselves and to get to know you all - something that is more than a little tricky in a few sentences on a website!

So please feel free to pop in at any time for a chat or a browse .  We hope to see you all soon.


David.

Books. Possibly more importantly: ‘Why books? We've all been told that the aesthetic quality of books, the feel of the physical object, the turning of pages etc. is irreplaceable, but really, why books? Even putting aside the beauty of language, the qualities learnt from literature and the exploration of people and (with acknowledged fear of using undue hyperbole) the human condition, books are fundamental.  Having worked as an English teacher for 11 years I can personally vouch for the power and necessity of books and reading in all its forms. Books though? Books adorn our shelves - even kindle owners buy book shelves / cases; they have the book shaped ornaments placed neatly next to photos of skiing holidays and trips to important museums. Is this the answer to, ‘why books?’ perhaps partly. There is more though. Yes, books are used as a sign of our taste / education / bias and are placed on show for those we allow into our house to see (something much more convoluted and less subtle to do with your e-reader of choice) but they are also objects we can loan and share with others. Being able to share a book you've loved with someone as instantly as handing them your heavily leafed copy rather than directing them to an Internet link. It is for this reason (and many others) that bookshops are still relevant and even essential. To be able to browse titles and thumb through the opening / closing pages instantly; to have hundreds of books directly in front of you and within easy reach; to talk to other people there and then to discuss your tastes, make and receive recommendations. These things are arguably possible online but in a far more detached and cold way.

I am not a technophobe.  I love technology and gadgets and I have read books on electronic handheld devices.  I think e-ink is amazing.  However, they are a substitute when it comes to reading; convenient at times but still a somehow colder, less personal, substitute.  No matter what attempts are made to make the technology / the Internet more personal (by checking your browsing history, etc.- just a little creepy?), less detached, you still require an electric, power dependent handheld / desk-bound interface to connect. You are always removed. Personally I don’t like being one removed from a personal and hopefully moving experience such as reading, especially reading for pleasure. Do you?


This is 'Why books?' and this is why I am an independent bookshop owner.

What about the Kindle?  A question asked of many a bookshop owner. So, why books? I hope you don’t mind if I share something with you…