With e-books readily available the world-over, traditional bookstores have been looking for ways to stay relevant. A glimpse of The Bookworm
A well-decorated stairway to The Bookworm. [Photo: China Plus/ Li Xiang]
A well-decorated stairway leads people into a new world. The Bookworm has been a hit in Beijing due to its ability to multi-task. It's been in its current location near Worker's Stadium for over 10 years now, and also has branches in Suzhou and Chengdu.
People chat and do their work at The Bookworm. [Photo: China Plus/ Li Xiang]
"I'm frequent visitor of the bookstore, but don't only come here for buying books, sometimes I just need a place like here to deal with my business. I like the atmosphere here, people here all mind their own business," said Mary, a customer of The Bookworm, "Food and drink are also available here, which is really convenient. But if I want to or need to buy a book, this place is where I’ll go first."
Craft beers on offer at The Bookworm, as well as some of the finest whiskies in town. [Photo: China Plus/ Li Xiang]
More than 300 events have been held here with over 3,000 famous writers from more than 100 countries being invited to give talks.
The bookstore also serves its customers with a vast variety of food and drinks, including foreign and Chinese options, appetizers and desserts, craft beers, as well as some of the finest whiskies.