This is an excerpt of a 29 May 2016 publication on telegraph.co.uk written by Arts Correspondent Hannah Furness.
New Generation Buying Books To 'Express Their Personalities'
by Arts Correspondent Hannah Furness
There are many reasons to buy a book, from learning about a new topic to the pure entertainment of immersing oneself in a different world.
A new generation has discovered one more, experts say: expressing their personalities in an increasingly online world.
Siôn Hamilton, the trading director of Foyles bookshop, said he had noticed a tendency for people to want to reflect their musical and reading tastes at home, retreating from the digital age to embrace physical objects again.
Speaking at a Hay Festival, sponsored by the Telegraph, Hamilton said Foyles' new store had enticed a "younger, trendier, more vibrant" group of customers, who were well able to order books online but chose to visit a physical bookshop instead. ...continue reading »
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