The Open Book doesn’t ask too much of its guests: Guests are expected to make sure the shelves are stocked and to price donated books. The rules don’t stipulate that they have to be open for any number of hours.

Renters who write on the store’s blog portray the experience as a pretty slow, pleasantly boring holiday. In their entries, guests fixate on rain and slow foot traffic, and speculate about how to move more books. (Play James Taylor, suggests one.)

“As an Open Book bookseller, you’re as much of a tourist attraction as the shop, for the locals at least,” Dan Dalton wrote last year after a stay at the store. “After lunch, an older man opens the door, takes one look at me, and says ‘you’re not very exotic,’ before closing it again.”

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