France's first independent bookstore, Librairie Mollat, has come up with an awesome way to engage employees and customers in the bookselling business. The French bookstore's book advertisements on Instagram are super creative, pairing bodies with the faces on book covers. It's like that scene from Pitch Perfect, but so, so much better.
Founded in 1896 in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, Librairie Mollat is more than a century younger than the oldest bookstores of the U.S. — Bethlehem, Pennsylvania's Moravian Bookshop — and the world — Lisbon's Bertrand Bookstore — but after more than 120 years in service to the region, this indie is clearly an institution. The bookstore publishes numerous podcasts and blogs, and even sells eBooks.
But eBooks aren't the reason why the world has taken notice of Librairie Mollat. Bookstagrammers, take note: the French bookstore employs a multilingual marketing campaign, tagging Instagram posts with the #book hashtag in eleven languages — French, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, and Persian — and that decision has undoubtedly contributed to the widespread media coverage.