Most people don’t know but Eslite Dunnan Bookstore, which is open 24/7 since 1990, will close on May 31. As the first 24-hour bookstore in the world, the Dunnan store was praised by CNN as one of the “coolest bookstores in the world.” It has since become one of the cultural landmarks of Taiwan.
In 1989, the first Eslite bookstore was located on the Ren’Ai Roundabout in Taipei. In 1995, the bookstore was relocated to the present address. After announcing its plans to move to the new location, Eslite Bookstore received feedback from readers, among which someone wrote: “Why can’t we have a bookstore that runs every day 24 hours.”
As of Dec. 31, 2019, the Eslite Dunnan bookstore had been open for over 186,000 hours without closing, setting a world record for bookstores. Over the past 30 years, Eslite has gradually developed into a comprehensive cultural space with a performance hall, movie theaters, and galleries.
Meanwhile, it has pursued a hybrid business model — combining traditional bookstores and shopping malls — that has made local brands in Taiwan come under the spotlight. Still, the core focus is on promoting reading, that would never change.
原文自 《The China Post》