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March 07, 2009


I love how crowded and colorful it is. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of having a library like that of my very own.

What can I say? Sounds like this place is one more reason to go to Paris!

I passed through there once in 1996. Great place. The people there are a little offbeat, but thats OK.

Thanks for posting this. I'm reading Ulysses right now so this is timely.

Ms. Beach doesn't seem to understand how consumers act on their preferences in a free market. If people really do prefer independent booksellers, then stores like Shakespeare & Co. should do just fine without government price fixing. Her comment about market "distortions" makes no sense: the distorting is done by the French government's enforcement of a price ceiling on certain retailers.

It looks like a lovely store, but no one has the right to earn their living by getting the government to extract it from other people, which is what is being done here.

One of my greatest regrets, and believe me there have been a few, was to miss the opportunity to visit the bookstore when I was in Paris a few years ago. Now I am borderline pauper material and will have to wait until my fortunes revive, but believe me, when they do I will be there, breathing in the atmosphere and buying the books. Keep it going Sylvia! John

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