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In the age of e-readers and inkless novels, the printed word prevails, writes Rachel Westbury. THERE IS A certain sensory magic that comes with reading a physical book: the feel of the novel in your hands; the movement of its pages; that enchanting bookish scent. “The digital revolution gave us a few frights in the beginning, especially when there was a triple digit growth in e-books,” says Fiona Stager, co-owner of West End’s Avid Reader bookshop. But according to Fiona, the e-book hype has plateaued and she’s seeing a steady return to the printed book. “People want a physical object to carry, to keep, to read, and to give as a gift,” says Fiona.

So how do independent bookstores such as Avid Reader help keep the printed word alive? Fiona says the key lies in fostering a community with a shared love of books. “We’re certainly doing a lot more events than in the past, and I think book clubs are an important part of keeping books alive,” she says. “I think people like to come together to talk about

books and to get the chance to see, hear, and meet an author.” After growing up with books, Fiona shares that she couldn’t imagine a world without print. “Books stay in fashion because people want them. People want bookshops in their communities [and] it’s great when they support them. It helps keep books alive.”

THE BRISBANE CLUB WEDDING OPEN DAY The Perfect Union of Elegance and Charm The Brisbane Club will be opening its doors to the Brides & Grooms of Brisbane who are searching for their perfect wedding venue. Come along and enjoy a glass of bubbles, whilst exploring the various function rooms available for your special day. Free Admission Industry Suppliers Lucky Door Prizes When Thursday January 19th 2017 5:00pm till 7:00pm Where The Brisbane Club, 241 Adelaide Street, Brisbane (entrance via the park level of Post Office Square) Register your attendance today & spread the word

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STYLE | January 2017  

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