In the digital world we live in books have become more and more nostalgic. Though I believe a story is best read in book form, e-readers are a convenient way of collecting a lot of stories in a small device. However, bookstores like this will always lure me in with the mystery of a collection of old books.
In the middle of all the tourist mayhem with kebabshops, souvenirshops and on the corner of the “9 straatjes” is this little, old bookshop. The store is like the department of the library you never knew was there, where a serene and quiet atmosphere is combined with shelves filled with books. It’s not the latest Grisham or Brown they sell here, it’s the decade old books where the book itself is a story. Though the writers of the books might be unknown to most people, the charm of the browned pages and the withered covers make you want to buy the book.
A bookshelf filled with books in a variety of sizes will never lose its charm. Books at Brinkman are the books you wish you could take with you as easy as your e-reader. It is never wrong to go back to the time where letters were printed on paper instead of screens and start a collection of real books yourself.