In town just now, I noticed another bookshop has closed.
It was one the English bookshops.
As it happens it's the shop where I found a copy of Submission after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
Submission is a prophetic work, as was 1984, and it's essential reading in today's Europe.
This raises the question: Who reads serious books today?
The sight of a young person reading a novel, even a Dan Brown thriller, on a bus or a tram journey is a rarity.
If a youngster reads anything, and I use the word reads in its loosest context, it will be the garish free sheet from the newspaper bin at the bus station.
From the age of 10 onwards children will hypnotically thumb through the apps and the pictures and the emails on their mobile phones.
If they put the phone away you can almost guarantee it'll be out again in two minutes and the process will continue, perhaps hoping for another 25 facebook friends.
There 's a word for this.
It means frightened of missing out.
A recent survey claims that 50% of secondary school students in the city cannot or will not speak the official language - German - outside of the classroom.
For them it's Turkish, Albanian, Arabic, French, Rumanian, Serbian . . . and English.
One day all the book shops will be gone.
And one day in the future it's possible that one of today's youngsters will search his computer for Submission or 1984 to download or to read on line or to order a paper copy and get the onscreen reply:
Search negative. Please try another title.
It could happen.
As easy as switching off their plastic money in their cashless society.
Control will be complete.