James Daunt: In Defence of Bookshops

James Daunt issues a ringing defence of printed books, and argues that libraries and local bookshops - the 'purveyors of the written word' - are vital social and cultural spaces.

Brought in to turn around the Waterstones chain of bookshops, James argues that book chains should continue to play a vital role in introducing readers to books, but will only succeed if they re-connect with their communities.

Four Thought is a series of talks which combine thought provoking ideas and engaging storytelling.

Recorded in front of an audience at the RSA in London, speakers take to the stage to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

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Wed 16 Nov 2011 20:45

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