Print houses are dying of the cold, but there are ways to keep them going if you’re in a pinch.
A lot of them are struggling.
The most recent figures suggest that a third of the country’s print shops have closed.
The most common problem is that people don’t know how to open their doors.
A recent survey showed that 70 per cent of print shop owners in Ireland are using paper clips or plastic sheets to hold their books, rather than the more traditional type of printing paper.
The Irish Times has contacted the publishers of many of the nation’s best-loved books to see what their advice is on opening a new shop.
There are no easy answers, but they all say that it’s vital to take advantage of the time you have to put into the shop.
“The most important thing is to ensure that the customer is happy with the quality and the service that they are getting,” says John O’Brien, a retired teacher and the publisher of the Irish Times.
“A good bookseller can be seen as an ambassador of good service to customers, and that means a book that’s not getting a perfect read is the first thing to be checked for.”
In some cases, it may be easier to buy the book that you’re reading in a bookshop.
“In Ireland, there is a great deal of variation between stores,” says Peter O’Donnell, the founder and editor of Bookshop Ireland.
“People want to buy books that they think are the best and most reliable.”
There are also other ways to buy a book.
“It’s not always as simple as putting a check mark on your receipt,” says O’Connell.
One of the great benefits of using a book store is that it can be a great way to meet people and talk to them about their books.””
You might also want to check if there’s a selection of books in stock at the moment.”
One of the great benefits of using a book store is that it can be a great way to meet people and talk to them about their books.
“There is a certain joy in buying a book, and this is reflected in the stories they tell, writes Paul Murphy, the author of The Bookshop.
A bookshop can be both a place where books are found and the place that people connect with their own stories, he says.”
You don’t need to be a bookworm to get involved.
You don’t have to know what a book is or what a novel is.
It’s just that the books that are there are often a good choice.
“Some of my favourite books are books that aren’t the usual sort of ‘must-have’ reads.
I like books that make me think about the things that I am learning in my life and what I am doing to be able to do that.”
You don�t have to be an expert to use a book shop, but some advice is better than others.
“The thing that makes books great is that you don’t even need to know how it’s done,” says Paul Murphy.
“We are used to having our book in our pockets, so that we can take it with us, and we can use it as a way to get the information we need.”
When it comes to how to get started, there are plenty of resources online to help you.
It may not be easy to find an online shop, especially if you are just starting your book journey, but you should always keep your eye out for the bookshop calendar and subscribe to their newsletter.
“There is such a wealth of information available online,” says Martin McGowan, the owner of Book and Film Shop in Dundalk.
“If you do a Google search on a book and are looking for advice on opening, you’ll find a lot of great tips and advice.
You will have a great time and discover what is so special about Ireland and where you can find it.”
For more information on using a print shop, see:Bookshop Ireland: Where to start