Walking through the narrow aisles was a challenging task most of the time.
Some facts about bookstores in Shanghai (my experience):
- Most of the books found on the bookshelves were in Chinese
- Most of the books had dog ears
- Almost 90% of the walking area was occupied by squatting/sitting readers
- Almost 50% of the corners were blocked by readers
- 90% of the readers were seriously reading and taking notes, 10% of them seemed to be listening to music and browsing/waiting for someone
- The persons at the cash counters at the exit of each bookstore seemed jobless (and reading too!)
Given this kind of a marketplace, I have been wondering the motivation behind opening a bookstore in Shanghai. It might be profitable to open a library - Won't it?
The other interesting observation was that they listed GMAT/ GRE/ SAT books under a section called "Kids Books"! Smart kids indeed!
Before I close, here are a couple of interesting videos of a typical Shanghai bookstore...