There are many reasons to buy a book, from learning about a new topic to the pure entertainment of immersing oneself in a different world.
A new generation has discovered one more, experts say: expressing their personalities in an increasingly online world.
Siôn Hamilton, the trading director of Foyles bookshop, said he had noticed a tendency for people to want to reflect their musical and reading tastes at home, retreating from the digital age to embrace physical objects again.
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