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Book shops in England

I would like to tell you my impressions about book shops in Great Britain. When I was in London, suddenly I realized that my dictionary was already too small for me and I wanted a bigger one. I went to Oxford Street and entered the first book shop I saw. It was a very big one and I immediately realized that I could lose a lot of time looking for dictionaries. So I asked shop assistant, a very nice young boy, where I can find it. He started to explain it to me, something like ”First go to the right, then turn to the left, when you see computer department turn right” and so on, but when he noticed my confusion, and I really was embarrassed, he was so king that accompanied me there. I was happy. But it was not an easy task to find dictionary I needed in these long rows of books. Dictionaries of idioms and synonymous, pocket dictionaries and huge ones in 2 or 3 volumes, anything one can’t imagine.

 

And do you know what the biggest difference in selling book in Great Britain and Ukraine is? In our shops all books are behind the bar as a rule, and you have to ask shop assistant to show you this or that one. After the third book, shop assistant stops smiling to you, even if she did before. In Britain you are just walking among long shelves and take any book you like. Moreover, you can read it as long as you wish. There are special chairs and sofas for readers to sit on. So buying books is always fun and interesting.

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