A bookshop where the customer sets the price
We are sure that you’ll agree that everyone, no matter what their circumstances or living situation is, should have the ability to access literature and education through reading. Bookshops in locations across Spain are helping to turn this vision into a reality by creating a policy that allows its customers to decide how much they pay for a book.
The Tuuu Library opened two shops in Madrid followed by a third in Gràcia, Barcelona. This bookshop and others like this have a large selection of books for sale, but with no price assigned to them. Customers take whichever books they would like in exchange for a donation, which amount is up to them. People can give as much or as little as they choose to; whatever is possible. This way, people who do not have much money to spend on non-essential purchases in life are not cut off from reading material and literature. Although some may abuse the system and see it as an opportunity to get something for little cost, the majority of people will be morally and ethically inclined to give a reasonable price wherever possible.
Tuuu Library was inspired by an American initiative called The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc. who offers books to the public for free. Books can be donated to their library so that unwanted books are not wasted.
The aim of these institutions is to encourage people from all walks of life to read more and to make books and culture more accessible to as many people as possible by promoting culture to a wider audience. They are supported by donations from various sources including publishers, individuals and other institutions with an interest in increasing the availability of culture to everyone.
The district of Gràcia in Barcelona is a hive of cultural activity with over 30 bookshops situated there, so it is a logical place for institutions such as these to be positioned as they will attract a lot of attention from people who are passionate about culture.
Hopefully this type of initiative will start to spread across the world as others see the value of making literature more widely accessible to people from any walks of life, and giving those less fortunate a chance to become inspired by a character or story, or to further their education for little to no cost.
Source: La Vanguardia