There is an inherent paradox in creating a website and virtual visual
tour for a bookshop dedicated to the written word. Yet it must be acknowledged
that even the most florid prose cannot begin to describe the visual
cacophony of the shop and Tumbleweed Hotel, places whose book-lined walls
assault the visual sense. Fortunately, there are new technologies that
allow a new type of illustration which will be used to attempt to compensate
for the failings of the written word.
This first virtual tour is composed of panoramic images for which some
viewing tips may be seen by clicking here;
these will soon be supplemented with a series of full spherical images
that will provide the web-surfer with a strikingly realistic sense of
For the innumerable thousands of you who have visited the real stone and
paper Shakespeare and Company, we hope that the images presented on this
website will be a visual / virtual madeleine, that they will evoke fond
memories of your perhaps long-ago visit to this unique place, and that
they may encourage you someday to return.