Bookshops have lost their charm due to the 21st century of e-books and Internet. Sometimes it seems like people nowadays do not read at all. But in 2009 The Economist’s ex-correspondent Robert Cottrell proved this statement wrong by opening a bookshop named ‘Robert’s books’.
In the past three years it has changed its location several times. Robert’s books can now be found in the outskirts of the ‘quiet centre’ (It may be hard to find at first, because it is situated in a courtyard). It has become an original bookworm’s paradise, where almost everything can be found.
A second-hand, English-language bookshop is a novelty for Riga. This cozy shop is never crowded and that’s one more reason what makes it special among all the other bookstores. Robert’s books is strong on literary fiction, crime, history, and politics, but that’s far from all that this shop has to offer.
Prices are usually from one to five lats, books are in a very good condition and the atmosphere of the shop makes its costumers eager to read.