Watkins Books Lives

As a quick and happy update to my recent post about London’s legendary esoteric book shop, Watkins, closing, Publishers Weekly now reports that a buyer has been found:

Just two weeks before it was to be liquidated American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld stepped forward and purchased the 113-year old institution, which stocks crystals, jewelry, and statues as well as books.

Ilfeld, who owns a nearby art gallery, Tenderpixel, plans to maintain Watkins’s identity as an independent esoteric bookstore. “It’s not everyday that you have the opportunity to save a century-old business,” said Ilfeld. “I don’t believe that spirituality in London is dead and will do my best to ensure that Watkins Books will be sustainable and survive the 21st century.”


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4 Comments on "Watkins Books Lives"

  1. tonyviner | Mar 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm |

    I wonder if they took my advice and started to carry Bibles? God bless you all.

    • Hadrian999 | Mar 16, 2010 at 2:10 am |

      I've found you can have endless fun with bibles at book stores,
      just take a big fancy bible, place it in the religious fiction section and watch some 400 lb redneck woman
      scream at a clerk over the blasphemy, never gets old.

      • tonyviner | Mar 16, 2010 at 3:31 am |

        I did that a couple of months ago at Barnes & Noble with the Bible and the Koran. Who says that adults have to act mature?

  2. Nice that this place got preserved. We need all the indie bookstores we can get.

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