THE READING LIFE: A bookstore in Taiwan that does not sell books and encourages patrons to stay all day and read the books on display all they want, with coffee and tea on offer, too.
Dedicated to reviving Taiwan's reading culture, one of Day's main missions while traveling around the world is to scout for new books. The interior of the bookstore is adorned with fresh flowers from the online flower shop of Day's daughter.
"The motivation behind this bookstore was to bring back the simple pleasure of reading and to create a stress-free reading environment. It was also the chance for me to do something with what I love the most. I was always a bookworm and I majored in literature in university. Opening a bookstore where everyone could enjoy reading has been my dream since then. Even when I was working at Wowprime, I did not forget that this was what I wanted to do ultimately in life.''
''During my days with Wowprime, I went trekking at Mount Everest Base Camp two times on staff trips. On those occasions, it was interesting to see the differences between Asians, who were usually chatting in groups during break time, and Westerners, who often enjoyed the mountain view with a book in hand. This reminded me how crucial reading is for self-nourishment and to become a person of culture. ''
''I wanted to provide a place for people to relax and read. Bookstores and libraries tend to make people feel stiff and self-conscious. It is awkward to read at bookstores. When you read there for three to four hours a day, there is that thought of store clerks looming in the background and staring you down for not buying anything. This takes away the fun of reading. You would not have this problem in libraries, but it wouldn't be possible to get a coffee or tea to go along with your book. The idea of EP-BOOKS stemmed from finding a way to solve both problems. ''
''It goes back to creating a reading-friendly environment. Here, the atmosphere is much more lively, which allows everyone to find their own corner to hide away and dive into a book. We have fresh flowers and a violinist playing in the background in the afternoons and a spacious reading area. We do not sell books, so there is no pressure to make a purchase. The entrance fee is $NT100 [US$3] and you are welcomed to stay here for as long as you like and with unlimited access to tea, coffee and other drinks. ''