Bookshops in Kuwait

This is an old post from Mark blog 248AM.com. Enjoy

My favorite bookshops in Kuwait
Before I started 248AM I had another blog called Miskan. Before Miskan I had a photo blog (that sadly doesn’t exist anymore) called Moblogging in Kuwait. Before Moblogging in Kuwait I started off blogging at qHate.com back when the only bloggers around were just me, Nibaq and Zaydoun from Kuwait Unplugged. Thing is I’ve posted about so much stuff in the past 7 years that I’ve completely lost track of what I’ve posted about and what I haven’t. For example it recently came into my attention that I haven’t posted about Q8Books or the original Kuwait Bookshop although I could swear I’ve posted about them before. Turns out I discovered both those places back during my Moblogging from Kuwait project in 2004 but only mentioned it briefly on Miskan and with a picture on Moblogging from Kuwait (actually called Nat my girl friend in that post back then!) yet I thought I had done a proper post about it here on 248AM. Anyway since I haven’t I figured I would do so now.

Q8 Books
Q8 Books is the only used books shop I am aware of in Kuwait. There actually aren’t that many places that sell used anything here in Kuwait which makes Q8 Books even more special. The place is filled to the brim with a ton of used books ranging from novels, kids books to cooking books and more. The owner of the place is a great guy who opened the place and runs it out of passion. They even have a website that contains all the books they have in the shop, how cool is that? The store is located on the first floor of the shopping center behind Johnny Rockets Salhiya. For store opening hours and to check out their collection of books you can visit their website www.q8books.com

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The Kuwait Bookshop
Everyone knows the large Kuwait Bookshop located in the basement of Muthana Complex in Kuwait City but very few people know about their first and original store located a few hundred meters away. The original Kuwait Bookshop location was the first English bookshop to open up in Kuwait (so I was told) and the location is still open and active. Although the Muthana branch is pretty cozy the original branch is even cozier. The store is two stories with the top floor being my favorite since it feels like it contains hidden treasures. I’ve been there a few times and never seen anyone in the shop but the employees tell me they do get a lot of customers. The original Kuwait Bookshop is located near Restaurant 99 on the Sheraton Roundabout.

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The Book That Can’t Wait

‘the book that can’t wait’ (‘el libro que no puede esperar’) is printed in ink that begins to disappear when the book is opened for the first time

‘the book that can’t wait’ (‘el libro que no puede esperar’) is a literary work printed with ink that completely disappears within two to four months
of opening the package, urging purchasers to actually completely read the book shortly after they buy it. the project was developed by argentinian
small publishing house and bookshop eterna cadencia in collaboration with the buenos aires office of creative agency draftFCB, for an anthology
of new latin american authors. sealed in air-tight packaging, the specially developed ink begins to disappear upon its exposure to light and air.

‘we think that this is a magical and poetic way of confronting a real problem,’ explains javier campopiano, regional general creative director of draftFCB.
‘we wanted to make a book that was a message in itself, that encourages us to read those authors, before their stories disappear for real, right before our eyes.’

while potential purchasers are likely to object to the impermanence of the object– which defies being returned to months or years later for a second reading–
the project highlights both the difficulties that face emerging contemporary authors, as well as our often-neglected enjoyment of text, and the perhaps overly
confident opinions we hold about the permanence of written material. as the video documentation of the project suggests:

‘books are very patient objects. we buy them, and then they wait for us to read them. days, months, even years. that’s OK for books, but not for new authors.
if people don’t read their first books, they’ll never make it to a second.’

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