Shadi: From sidewalk school bookseller to book connoisseur and bookstore owner – Middle East Monitor

Shadi Abu Nasser, a graduate of English Literature, has been working in the book trade field since 2007. When I was preparing for high school in 2006, due to financial difficulties, I started to work in the field of books by chance. Nasser said: “I had a lot of books that I wanted to sell to help myself and my family, so I came with a friend of mine to the door of Yarmouk University and started showing books. From day one, I was amazed by the size of the turnout.

It was the first book he sold for $5 in high school. My family couldn’t take the idea, but I had to, and when they saw the success of it, they took it. Then he had an idea. When people started asking him about books, he found people asking about certain books and wanting books and reading, which was the source of his joy. After that, he started investing in books, so he bought the book, read it, and sold it.

knowledge is power

“I started by selling my own books, and then I started talking to distributors and publishers, buying and selling from them,” Shady said. Then I started importing books from Beirut, Syria and Egypt. Now, thankfully, in my little shop, there are 10,000 different titles on ideas, philosophy, politics, psychology, literature, medicine, children’s books, and human development. We have the ability to bring any book, any language, any title or topic that our readers recommend. Shadi continued: “This store was created through hard work and hard work. At first, I was selling on the street, but there was an argument between me and the municipality.Unfortunately, they removed the store from the sidewalk, so the supporters of the store created Hashtag “#Return Shadi’s store.” It was early 2016, the hashtag campaign was respected by the people and supporters, and after I agreed to pay $5,000 for an annual license, the municipality withdrew its decision, so the store returned legally. I started organizing exhibitions in remote villages and provinces, where there were neither books nor annual exhibitions. We have exhibitions in schools to support and motivate children and young people to read wherever possible under the slogan “Knowledge is Power”.

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How the store works

The idea is finalized, the project is launched, we are not limited to the city of Irbid, but enter other provinces, municipalities and countries by activating e-procurement. Some countries like Palestine, Kuwait, USA, Europe, Brazil, Germany, Denmark are our long-term supporters and we strive to deliver books to our readers quickly and at the lowest cost according to their needs and wants.

The store has a following in the community. Without a person and a lover, I would not have succeeded and I will never continue. The hashtag “Shadi’s store” led social media for 3 days when the store was removed.The news of the store relocation also spread all over the world, so I contacted ReutersFrench news agency, Aj+ As well as some Swedish, Bahraini and Arab news agencies, their questions were about the real reason why the municipality was demolishing the store. The bookstore’s philosophy is to spread culture and community development through reading. This forced former mayor Hussein Bani Hani to visit me in the store and apologize after the legal order was corrected.

Sadie’s Most Memorable Situation

The situation that bothered me the most was when I was out of town to buy books, the city government came, moved the bookstore away, and threw the books in the landfill. I go to the landfill to collect my books because they are my livelihood.

most interesting situation

The funniest thing is that when a person came at 4 o’clock at night and saw a book with no guards and no camera system, he wrote it down on a piece of paper and put it in the store – “Thank you very much for spreading knowledge and you can steal things when you pass by. , I like you to leave a book like this, good luck, thank you for spreading the knowledge of leaving a book to passers-by, to those who want to see it, I posted it on my page and got a good response from my followers.” My message is that I leave books without guards or a camera system, and I forgive whoever comes to get them.

travel abroad

I was sad and depressed, so I decided to emigrate from my native Jordan because of the injustice I was being treated by throwing knowledge books into landfills. I traveled to the United Arab Emirates to work as a cultural consultant, and after a while I found out that working in the UAE is great, but it’s not my favorite place. I find my location is the closest store to simplicity, and my psychological comfort is in simplicity, away from financial rewards and luxury. I’m trying to reopen the store, but I’ve run into the city government and they’ve taken the book away more than once, but not the first time. Now, after correcting the legal situation and paying the financial obligations, the relationship with the municipality is good.

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best selling book

Novel by Ghassan Kanafani, Book by Gibran Khalil Gibran, “the art of indifference“By Mark Manson and”Handy Encyclopedia of Islamic History” by Ragheb Al-Sirjani. There are also some banned books in the store, such as “Diary of King Talal“, “failed genius“Some of the novels of Khaled Al-Hassan and Ayman Al-Atoum, which are banned.

future sadi

I want to be the owner of the biggest bookstore in the Middle East, that’s my ambition and I’m working on it. I have an idea to build a publishing and translation company to spread our culture and literature into other languages ​​and introduce African literature such as Congolese and Nigerian, Portuguese and Korean literature, which we don’t know much about. It is important to continue working on this store as it has become a cultural and intellectual landmark for the city.

Books on the Palestine Cause

It comes with the strongest and cleanest figures opposed to normalization and Zionist narratives such as Nour Masalha, Naji Al-Ali, Ghassan Kanafani, Ibrahim Nasrallah, Ibrahim Khalaf, George Habash, Ahmed Al-Shugairi and many others people. I endeavoured to communicate with the ancient historians and writers I mentioned, such as Al-Khalidi, Al-Shugairi, and new historians and writers, who, for example, wrote “i found my answer“With Abdullah Barghouti in his book”shadow prince“.

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