Library in China offers ‘blind dates’ with books

(13 December 2017) Librairie Avant-Garde in Nanjing provides ‘blind dates’ with books for readers looking for something unexpected, Yang Yang reports.

Life is like a box of chocolates, so they say, or perhaps a box of books sent from Librairie Avant-Garde in Nanjing, Jiangsu province.

“Just leave us a message, whatever you want to say, and we will pick the right books for you,” says the “blind pick” web page of the bookstore on Taobao, China’s largest online shopping platform.

In September, the service was receiving about 70 to 100 orders a day. But on 10 October it rocketed to a record 4,000.  Why?  AsiaOne has the answer.