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The Highland Park Book Booth

June 19, 2010
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Amy Inouye sets up the Highland Park Book Booth for business.

In an age where phone booths have outlived their necessity, and now stand along street corners abandoned and forlorn, a new use has emerged for one particular abandoned phone booth on the corner of Figueroa and Avenue 56, in Highland Park.

Book Booth is a project designed by Future Studio proprietor and Chicken Boy mother, Amy Inouye, where people can freely exchange old books for new. Located in the alcove of La Arca pupuseria at 5570 North Figueroa, conveniently next to a bus stop, Book Booth is where people are encouraged to take what books they like, and leave what books they don’t want anymore. Some of the books left here contain a label with a Book Crossing serial number, readers are encouraged to register it with the website to see where it has been. Reading materials of all kinds are welcomed. Magazines, textbooks, manuals, pamphlets, manifestos, tomes, children’s books, books in English, Spanish, Esperanto, etc. are all welcomed at the Highland Park Book Booth. Open for your convenience 24 hours a day.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Martha Benedict permalink
    June 20, 2010 12:44 pm

    There used to be a bookstore in Ojai that did this. They had book shelves surrounding the store to hold them all. Thank you Amy for bringing this to Highland Park and to waltarrrrr for pointing it out. Reading matter filling up an obsolete phone booth shell makes me smile. Empty talk gives way to the written word. The persistence of culture within technical ephemera.

  2. July 20, 2010 9:47 pm

    The bookstore in Ojai is still there! It’s called Bart’s Books: http://www.bartsbooksojai.com/about.html

    Also, this is a cool idea!

  3. August 23, 2010 6:00 pm

    You rock. I want to rock too!

  4. fara74 permalink
    July 22, 2011 12:56 am

    Для всех граждан РФ.

  5. Amber permalink
    June 21, 2012 2:09 pm

    Is this still in operation? Was it a success/sustainable?

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