“I prefer the intellectual dynamic of several hundred years of wisdom
in the secondhand book, to the commercial dynamic of the new book”
The first book town, Hay-on-Wye began in the late 1960’s. Today there are more than 30 booktowns worldwide with new ones joining the ‘International Organisation of Booktowns’ every year.
My aim is to see several thousand book towns flourish all over the world providing a sustainable and independent way of life. The worlds economy of poverty will join with the world's largest green economy. To save the book and for book towns to survive they must
link into globalization and recognise the distinction between the national power of the mass media and the international power of the book.