A BOOK IS AN OB­JECT D’ART

PRIYA AND KAPIL KAPOOR

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“BOOKS AND E-BOOKS CAN­NOT BE COM­PARED. IT’S LIKE GO­ING TO A CHARM­ING RESTAU­RANT OR OR­DER­ING IN” —PRIYA KAPOOR

P riya and Kapil Kapoor are the largest In­dian dis­trib­u­tors of art and de­sign books in the coun­try. “Since we first opened the doors of our Delhi store, nine years ago, there are events ev­ery week rang­ing from book bind­ing, writ­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy work­shops, to cook­ing classes, open mike and PechaKucha evenings, and lots of sto­ry­telling,” says Priya.

Many book­store own­ers fear that books might fade into mu­se­um­wor­thy ob­ject d’arts, but the Kapoors be­lieve that many of the books at CMYK are al­ready like art­works. Kapil says: “You can’t repli­cate the ex­pe­ri­ence on­line.” Plus, Priya thinks that a com­par­i­son be­tween books and e-books is fu­tile. “You can’t com­pare the two. It’s like go­ing to a restau­rant or or­der­ing in. There is no in­ter­ac­tion with the chef, or some­one to walk you through the menu, to help you dis­cover a new dish that you may not have or­dered sit­ting at home. The big­gest dif­fer­en­tia­tor is that at a book­store you can dis­cover new books and au­thors, it’s hard to do that on on­line plat­forms,” she re­veals.

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