An antiquarian bookshop in Eskişehir stocks the books for a surprising way for people to learn about new authors and books, and brings them together at a stand called ‘Blind Appointment with a Book’.
Devran Bildik, a used bookseller in Eskişehir, has implemented the application, which he saw abroad for the first time, in his own shop. In the application called “Blind Date with a Book”, the outside of the books are covered with beautiful designs and small messages about the contents of the book are written on them. In this way, readers have the opportunity to meet unknown authors by becoming the owner of the book without knowing the cover and the name of the book. Sahaf Bildik said that readers who have chosen their books based on the small notes written on them have received very good feedback so far.
“So we meet a new author or a new book”
Devran Bildik, who has been an antiquarian for 9 years, said that in the past this event was only held abroad. Bildik explained that he started holding the event by seeing that it was held in Europe under the name “Blind Date with a Book”. “We can say that the event in Turkish is called “Blind Date with a Book”. is called by their covers and advertisements, but by the clues written on them and what they promise us.For myself, I choose books that are unknown, unread, or not heard much from famous authors.That’s how we learn a new author or know a new book. We started our event around this time last year. “It was the 4th year of my shop. We planned to do a last-minute event for him. Then we got a lot of positive feedback. Because there were those who missed the event, they asked to extend the event a little longer,” he said.
“I kept going because it was better than I expected”
Bildik stated that they only gave some hints about the books, explaining that people started liking choosing books mainly by looking at the hints. Explaining that meeting new authors and books is much more valuable, Bildik said: “Actually, we would like it to be a surprise, but at least we indicate on the packaging which country it belongs to or around.” what kind of novel it is. Even in terms of interestingness, just like style in scientific articles, we want it to be a surprise. We also give keywords on the topic in the event. Finally there is an author and a book waiting to meet us Purpose of the event. However, it is much more effective when we add such small details. I’m actually getting lazy dealing with such things. However, as it is always better than my expectations, I do not get a tall woman as part of this event. I just put 5 TL more on the normal price. So we don’t have much financial gain. People also prefer to give presents to their friends. They buy one for themselves and one for their friends Our prices range from 15 TL to 35 TL it shows fluff. So if we think of it as a gift, I don’t think you’ll find anything more specific at these prices. Finally, buy a book. There is an element of surprise and you will most likely have an opportunity to meet a new author. From many perspectives, I can say that there is a very good relationship between price and efficiency.”