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10 incredible bookstores in unusual places

By: Melissa Breyer on June 12, 2014, 12:01 p.m.
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England's book barges

Books on a boat? Sounds great. Books on a barge that roams the inland waterways of the U.K.? Oh gosh, yes. That's what you'll find when you visit The Book Barge and Word on the Water (pictured).

The Book Barge is a 60-foot canal boat bookshop moored in Staffordshire and operated by Sarah Henshaw. Inspired by the Slow Food movement, Henshaw says, “We hope to promote a less hurried and harried lifestyle of idle pleasures, cups of tea, conversation, culture and, of course, curling up with an incomparably good Book Barge purchase.”

Word on the Water on Regent's Canal in London is a 50-foot canal boat around the corner from the British Library. “Books have been considered on the verge of obsolete and so have canals,” Paddy Screech, one of the owners, told The New York Times. “But these are things people always liked. The canals survived because of that, and so will books and bookstores.”

To which we say, “amen and ahoy!"