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The rest of the Hay-on-Wye photos
I've been to Hay-on-Wye a few times, the first time being for papersky's wedding. The first few times I visited, I came back laden with books. These days, not so much.

OK, I admit that "not so much" did amount to 6 books for a grand total of £20, but compared to what I used to come home with, it's not a lot. Why so little? Mostly it's a realisation that there's no point in adding to the To Read Pile, but switching to ebooks has really put me off buying novels from bookshops. I would much rather read a novel on the iPod than on paper these days. Also, of course, I no longer need to buy classics because I can download from Project Gutenberg. What I do still buy in paper format are non-fiction books and novels that not old enough to be copyright free but are unlikely to be available in ebook form.

Anyway, have a few more photos from the day out.

Murder and Mayhem bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

Flowers & green door, Hay-on-Wye

St Mary's Church, Hay-on-Wye

Pink hut, Hay-on-Wye

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carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: June 23rd, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely second photo - so green. :) Also, nice church.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I've never found the church before. The good thing about not wanting to buy so many books this time was that I managed to explore parts of the town I've never visited before.
birdsedge From: birdsedge Date: June 23rd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Hay on Wye. Last time we were there I bought so many books I had to keep taking bags back to the car and starting afresh.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
That's normally what I've been like, but this time I restricted myself to just a few books, mostly for research purposes.
From: aulus_poliutos Date: June 23rd, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love books too much; an ereader is never going to enter my household. Even though the books will eat my out of my flat one day. I swear, they procreate when I'm not looking. ;)

That's a lovely little church.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: June 23rd, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
My books breed behind my back too. BTW nice poster of Caerphilly Castle it's my home town and the reverse of that was the view from my garden wall.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always swore that I would never get an ereader -- and then I had a play with our son's mobile phone and I was hooked! I genuinely prefer reading on the iPod these days, at least for novels. Also, if I can stop buying novels in paper form, it means that the books I do have can be housed properly on shelves instead of overflowing into the heaps on the floor.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: June 23rd, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have always wanted to go to Hay On Wye, trouble is I have far too many books for my small space now so would brake my heart to go and not be able to buy.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2011 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Definitely! Though it is a pretty town in its own right too, as I discovered this time. It was nice exploring for a change instead of just going from bookshop to bookshop. And I never thought I'd actually say that! I always used to be of the opinion that one can never have too many books, but now I want to whittle them down just to my favourites.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 23rd, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a great place to visit.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2011 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is world famous. It was the very first 'book town' and it really is almost entirely full of bookshops, including the old cinema which has had the seats removed and an extra floor inserted and it is just packed with shelves and shelves of books.

There are also the Help Yourself And Put the Money in the Box shelves dotted around in the castle grounds and various little alleys.
rymrytr From: rymrytr Date: June 24th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)

I wanna live in #3!

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, that was a lovely row of houses and they had wonderful gardens. Only small, but overflowing with flowers.
bunn From: bunn Date: June 24th, 2011 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Last time I was in Hay on Wye it was a really foggy day. I was just about to take a photo of that very shop, 'Murder and Mayhem' with the window all glowing in the very Sherlock Holmesy fog at the end of the day, I looked away to fiddle with settings and at that very moment they turned the lights off and went home. I still feel a little sad at the missed opportunity - should have just pointed and clicked!

I'm impressed you have managed to move book purchases to an e-reader. I thought I would be able to do that with my Kindle, but so many of the books I want to read just don't seem to be available for it.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 24th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've definitely shifted my purchase of new novels to the iPod (with a Kindle reader app). I also had a load of old classics on my shelves, Dickens etc. I have got rid of all those and now download classics from Project Gutenberg to read on the Stanza app. To be honest, I probably couldn't read the small print in those old books any more! On the iPod, I can adjust the font size to suit my old eyes.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: June 28th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice church!!
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