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Pandora Bookstore, Turkey

Rezan Sonmez, the owner of Pandora Bookstore, takes time out to tell us about bookselling in Istanbul.

Where is Pandora Bookstore? It is in a busy shopping street in Istanbul.

How large is the shop and how many books do you have on display at any one time? The shop is 190 square metres and we have 28,000 to 30,000 books in stock.

How many people work there? Nine people.

What kinds of books do you sell? We sell only new books, both in Turkish and English.

How long have you had the business? For twenty-one years.

Where do your customers come from? From the local area.

How would you describe the current state of the book trade in Turkey? Do you feel optimistic or pessimistic? I feel optimistic.

What do you most enjoy about being a bookseller? Being close to readers and authors.

Is there anything that you don’t like about the job? Yes, the business side.

How do you choose which books to stock? It depends on our customers’ profile.

Do you organise events in your shop, such as book signings? No.

Which books are selling well at the moment? Literature, history, humanities and popular science.

Do you sell books online? Yes.

How do you get your books from the UK? We use World Wide Book Services.

Batch and Your Business

How long have you been using Batch? For four years.

How does Batch help your business? It is easy and cheap.

Is there anything we could do to improve our service to you? Maybe one day US publishers will join into your system.

Pandora Bookstore
Buyukparmakkapi Sok. 3/A Beyoglu
Tel: +90-212-2873169