A BOOK IS AN OBJECT D’ART
PRIYA AND KAPIL KAPOOR
“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.