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全世界矚目焦點!誠品信義店接棒24小時書店

▲誠品信義店|Eslite Xinyi store. (Courtesy of Eslite Bookstore)

▲誠品信義店|Eslite Xinyi store. (Courtesy of Eslite Bookstore)

誠品敦南店陪伴讀者30年,即將於2020年5月31日正式謝幕。登上CNN評選全球最酷書店,全世界第一間24小時不斷電的書店,成為台灣最具代表性的文化指標。

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.

時間倒轉至1989年,第一間誠品書店創立於台北市仁愛路圓環。1995年,搬遷到現今敦南店店址。當初宣布遷店時,收到顧客意見回饋,讀者問反映「為什麼不能有一家不打烊的店。」

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.”

到5月31日熄燈,累積共18萬6000多個小時不斷電,也創下世界紀錄,30年走來誠品書店從一開始只賣書籍,後來延伸到音樂、表演廳、電影院等,近年來許多分店更以複合式商場經營,讓大家看見更多台灣在地文創品牌,但是仍堅持初衷保持「閱讀」信念。

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