Ever fancied running a bookshop? Now you can without risking your life savings…

A bookstore is one of the many pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.
Jerry Seinfeld

…printed books are magical, and real bookshops keep that magic alive.
Jen Campbell

I did discover that if you’re interested in low wages, a bookstore ranks below retail clothing sales, except the hours are worse.
Sue Grafton

There’s a catch, of course.  You only get to be a bookseller for a few weeks and you pay for the privilege.

Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town and home of an annual book festival. Although it only has a population of 900, the small town on Scotland’s west coast has 16 independent bookshops and one of them is The Open Book. This is where people pay to run the bookshop while living in the flat above.  Run by a non-profit making organiation, the fee is low (from £36 per night) and  covers the running costs of the holiday and nothing else. A laptop and WiFi are provided, plus bicycles for those who like to explore the surrounding countryside on two wheels.

There’s also a band of volunteer helpers for support so being a bookseller won’t feel loney.  

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The Open Book is the world’s only ‘holiday bookshop’ and has become very popular. It has bookings up to 2020 and I could only find a few days available in 2018.  So, if the idea appeals you will have to plan ahead…

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