If there’s one place to really escape the harsh reality that physical booksellers are on the decline, it’s this luxury eco resort in the Maldives. Last year, a bookshop near the five-star Soneva Fushi resort hired a “Barefoot Bookseller” to fill a bookseller role, in what was possibly the most unique bookseller position of all time. Now, the shop is opening its doors again in mid-October, and requires a new bookseller to shoulder the burden of working in a bookshop on the white sandy beach of Baa Atoll for six months.
In addition to having a passion for books, the successful applicant should be prepared to write a blog that captures the life of a desert island bookseller, and be able to engage guests of all ages. The bookseller may also be expected to host creative writing classes, bibliotherapy, tutoring, and literary lectures; provide personal reading consultations for guests; and be proficient in social media.
And in case you had any reservations, the position comes highly recommended. Aimée Johnson, last year’s Barefoot Bookseller, said, “Being the Barefoot Bookseller was an absolute dream. I got to meet amazing people, work with incredible books and live on a stunning luxury island. Very much the dream job!”