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The death of the shelf

In the age of broadband and the cloud, will our walls be bare?

By Will Self   June 2014

Sources: Emarketer; BPI; IKEA; Nielsen Bookscan; Netflix

You might think that rumours of the death of the shelf are greatly exaggerated—at least if you visit my household, where shelves are a hot topic and a source of contention. I arrived home last week after a few days working on a book (one which will, I hope, eventually be printed, published, and require shelving), to discover that two new shelves had appeared in the kitchen. One of these was fairly utilitarian: a simple additional narrow shelf…

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