Will the honor system work for a bookstore?
While some would say that no one would steal a book, as we have seen with Little Free Libraries, that just isn’t true.
It’s possible you’ve spotted these book stalls dotted around Dubai, so here’s the concept.
Book Hero runs entirely on public trust. No staff, no tills and it’s open 24 hours a day, every day.
See a book you like? Simply drop your cash in the ‘Trust Box’ to make your payment. Books will be marked with the price (usually between AED10 and AED 20).
The books are priced between $2 and $5 USD.
Montserrat Martin, the owner of Book Hero, partnered up with Emirati entrepreneur Mohammed Abdulla Alqubaisi to come up with the idea, believing in customer trust. “We don’t employ staff simply because we trust our customers. I visit the place once a day to replace stock and collect money,” Martin told Gulf News. Martin added, “Nobody would steal a book and even if someone does it would cost me just 300 dirhams which is nothing compared to what I would spend on hiring staff and paying for overheads like visa and insurance.”
Do you think this is going to work?