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Now here's a novel idea: Tiny bookstore caters to French bookworms

Now here's a novel idea: Tiny ...
La owner of La librairie itinérante plans to travel all over France
La owner of La librairie itinérante plans to travel all over France
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The tiny bookstore is La Maison Qui Chemine's first build
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The tiny bookstore is La Maison Qui Chemine's first build
La librairie itinérante is based on a 5.4 m (17.7 ft)-long trailer
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La librairie itinérante is based on a 5.4 m (17.7 ft)-long trailer
The tiny bookstore's estimated empty weight is around 2,800 kg (6,172 US lb)
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The tiny bookstore's estimated empty weight is around 2,800 kg (6,172 US lb)
The interior is jam-packed with shelves of books
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The interior is jam-packed with shelves of books
No plumbing was installed by the owner's request
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No plumbing was installed by the owner's request
Access to the dwelling/bookstore is gained by a few small steps
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Access to the dwelling/bookstore is gained by a few small steps
A wooden ladder provides access to hard to reach books and the small sleeping loft
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A wooden ladder provides access to hard to reach books and the small sleeping loft
The tiny bookstore's reading area
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The tiny bookstore's reading area
The tiny bookstore's kitchen area
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The tiny bookstore's kitchen area
The tiny bookstore's kitchen area
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The tiny bookstore's kitchen area
The tiny bookstore doesn't just cater to French bookworms
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The tiny bookstore doesn't just cater to French bookworms
The interior is small but still includes amenities like a sleeping area, W.C. and kitchenette 
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The interior is small but still includes amenities like a sleeping area, W.C. and kitchenette 
The small W.C.
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The small W.C.
Interior view of the bookstore
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Interior view of the bookstore
The sleeping area
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The sleeping area
The sleeping area
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The sleeping area
La owner of La librairie itinérante plans to travel all over France
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La owner of La librairie itinérante plans to travel all over France

Tiny houses don't only serve as, well, houses, and we've previously seen the small living movement produce a chapel, office and a pub with tiny house-like designs. Now we can add a traveling bookstore to the list too, courtesy of recently-launched French firm La Maison Qui Chemine.

La librairie itinérante (the traveling bookstore) is La Maison Qui Chemine's debut build. The firm is headed by a young couple named Pauline & Romain, and they built the project for a bookseller called Jean-Jacques. He plans to wander all over France, visiting villages and other places without a bookstore, both working from and living inside.

The diminutive bookstore is based on a 5.4 m (17.7 ft)-long trailer and measures 2.5 m (8.2 ft) wide and 4 m (13 ft) tall. Its estimated empty weight comes to around 2,800 kg (6,172 lb) and it cost €38,500 (approx. US$43,000), including taxes. It was delivered as a turnkey model, ready for use.

Access to the interior is gained by steps and once inside, it really does look like a proper little bookstore, with seating installed to rest up and enjoy a good book and, most importantly, shelves filled with paperbacks and hardbacks.

The tiny bookstore's reading area
The tiny bookstore's reading area

A movable wooden ladder provides access to the higher bookshelves and also enables the owner to reach a small loft area which features a double bed. Underneath this area, La Maison Qui Chemine has shoehorned in a small windowless kitchen and a dry toilet. There are no windows inside but at least they offer some privacy.

No plumbing was installed – a request by the owner. Perhaps he plans to make use of France's excellent Aire facilities, which are dotted around the country and offer services like water, showers, toilets and the like to travelers, often free of charge.

Source: La Maison Qui Chemine

2 comments
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really nice. Perhaps it could be an e-book store? I think it could be a niche store for a small array of items. Perhaps a bookstore or library for small towns or camp sites?
MarylandUSA
Expect a visit from Belle. http://i.amz.mshcdn.com/XZyHumEjYE6ppRzvAw_d_ky1IY0=/fit-in/850x850/2013%2F11%2F01%2F11%2Fbookstorebe.300a2.gif