Why does Bookophile exist?
Books carry ideas. Books reflect their time and their world. Books contain the compressed knowledge of mankind, and they only live when opened and read. In times of the Internet and smartphones, books are having a hard time. They do not consist of bite-sized educational snacks, but require undivided attention. For the spoiled reader of the 21st century, it is almost like an obstacle course to engage with old books. They are written in a language that hardly anyone can read fluently, and the writings in which they are set must be laboriously deciphered. However, the biggest obstacle is the fact that we no longer have the historical, social and intellectual context in which these books were written.
And this is where Bookophile comes into play. We want to tell the stories of books. We want to convey why a book was so exciting / important / scandalous / modern / progressive during its time. We pack this information into short, bite-sized appetizers that whet the appetite for more, and spur the desire to plunge headlong into the great adventure that is reading.
Who are we?
Bookophile is the idea of Jürg Conzett and Ursula Kampmann. It was born in the MoneyMuseum’s newly built library, out of a common thought about how we could transmit our love of books to others.