So after enjoying a cup of coffee at Fully Booked's Press Cafe in Alabang, it's time to head back to Manila and enjoy the comforts of what may just be the Philippines' only five-storey building for books. Located at the heart of Fort Bonifacio, in the swanky and high-end Bonifacio High Street is FullyBooked's gigantic behemoth store on all things books, music, magazines, comics and literary events. Inside this wonderful place are interesting set pieces that deserve an entry all to themselves. The first is all about Mike Stilkey's "Discarded Romance" and the second is Herakut's artwork on culture and beauty at the fashion and design wing of Fully Booked BGC.
While enjoying going up the multiple levels of the store, I got to ponder my questions on the relevance of physical books and stores. I for one have an e-reader but I seldom use it, maybe for the occasional travel and the convenience of not having to lug around a heavy hardbound book. I find that e-readers take away the feel of books and the experience of reading a book; the riffle of pages, the scent of both old and new novels, the crack of the spine and the undeniable fact of dog-eared (which I utterly detest) pages give a book its character and leaves the reader with fond memories of the journey of reading that particular book.