Selling books is not a business like any other. The challenge is economic, but also cultural. With the advent of the digital revolution and the emergence of online commerce, the circulation of books has seen new practices emerge that sometimes clash, sometimes compete, and sometimes make strange bedfellows.
In the department of the Nord in France, faced with the menacing and soulless shadow of the giant Amazon, men and women are putting all their energy into continuing to make a living from books and sharing their passion. From one end of the department to the next, libraries, booksellers, publishers and activists are turning books into a subject of social dialogue and human enrichment.