Robin Schmidt is one of my oldest and dearest friends and lives in 'Booktown', aka Clunes, Victoria. He has had an online shop called Huc & Gabet for a few years now and has added a new, third (!) dimension* to his business.
Beyond the country corrugated iron lies... the Bookotorium!! (I feel there needs to be a special font to go with this).
The interior is unexpected, and exciting! The clean lines of the shelves let the books do the inviting.
It's a different type of distraction in a bookshop, to a screen. Once in front of the computer there are various notifications, emails, links, etc. (ahh... where we are sitting right now, perhaps?!). In a bookshop it is a tactile and narrowed distraction to browse the shelves and be drawn to cool cover designs, and interesting subjects.
You may have come for the photography books, but you find yourself checking out Gough Whitlam, or trams in Germany, or flicking through a children's book of psychedelic cat illustrations by a guy who apparently went insane from the bacteria in feline poo. That particular book, 'Playtime in Pussyland' by Louis Wain, Felix insisted on reading. He has expensive taste - it is extremely rare!
To browse the Bookotorium when next in Clunes, get in touch with Robin and he'll hook you up!
*Probably best that it isn't a fifth dimension, otherwise we would lose all sense of time and space! Although...