I recently popped into the vast Borders bookshop on Queen Street to get myself a copy of Trick or Treatment by Edzard Ernst and Simon Singh. I borrowed it from a friend a few months ago and have been meaning to buy it ever since. I first located the ‘Science’ section and learnt three things:
1. It’s located far down in the basement of the shop.
2. It’s tiny. Seriously tiny. I conclude from this that Borders thinks Kiwi’s aren’t interested in buying books about science.
3. They seem to think predicting the weather using the cycles of the moon is a science. Not only that, but perhaps of the utmost importance as a certain person’s almanac was given an entire shelf. I was so flabbergasted I had to take a photo.*
Naturally I marched straight up to an assistant and complained. She said that all books came marked with which section they were to be placed in by Borders’ parent company Red Group Retail and suggested I take it up with them. I have emailed them via their ‘contact‘ page and urge everyone to do the same.
This whole experience left me a little depressed about the importance of science in NZ until the very next day, while strolling along Mt Eden Road, I came across the Time Out Bookstore. Imagine my delight when I saw a table overflowing with science books given pride of place at the entrance to the shop. What a gem. I promise never to buy a book from Borders again.
*I also moved a copy of Bad Science by Ben Goldacre to the middle of the display….