Not everyone who wants something new to read can satisfy their urge with a trip to Waterstones or a scoot around Amazon. Some want to have a copy of every book ever written on their chosen specialised subject. Others want to build a library of titles handpicked for them... In the age of e-readers and instant gratification, the writing is far from on the wall for the printed word. “If not exactly in rude health, books are… alive,” says Nicky Dunne, head of rare books at Heywood Hill.
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