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The Last Bookshop

A future where books have gone extinct? This short film paints a picture of what is surely a terrifying dystopia for most readers of this blog–yet it somehow does it in a thoroughly charming manner. The monster behind the horror? Well, you can probably guess…

About David Crotty

I am a Senior Editor with Oxford University Press' journal publishing program. Prior to that I served as an Executive Editor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, and was also the commissioning editor for their book publishing program. Many years ago, I was a research scientist, receiving my Ph.D. in Genetics & Development from Columbia University, and doing postdoctoral research in neural development at Caltech.


6 thoughts on “The Last Bookshop

  1. The bookstore is in Tunbridge Wells, my old home town. It probably has more bookstores than Washington DC with 10-15% of the population….

    Posted by Paul Guinnessy | Jun 14, 2013, 9:17 am
  2. Are you sure that only “G-amaZon-e” is the monster? Certainly the intended message of the film suggests this. But all book publishers, even in the age of print, have never cared much for libraries or people who lend their books out to family or friends. And they totally despise second-hand book shops. If I purchase a book, whether in print or in electronic format, is that book not mine to do with as a please? But tell me, is there ANY commercial publisher of e-books today that is going to allow the existence of a secondary market of reselling/reuse to spring up?

    Posted by Gary F. Daught | Jun 14, 2013, 9:22 am
  3. You have to watch all the credits to enjoy the final irony.

    Posted by Albert Henderson | Jun 14, 2013, 9:37 am
  4. Reblogged this on "The Whole Hurly Burly" and commented:
    A providential addendum!

    Posted by N Filbert | Jun 18, 2013, 11:13 am

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