With the magazine Lire, Bernard Pivot created a “home bookstore”. Here is his first editorial

With the magazine Lire, Bernard Pivot created a “home bookstore”. Here is his first editorial
With the magazine Lire, Bernard Pivot created a “home bookstore”. Here is his first editorial

In the first editorial of the Lire magazine published in 1975, Bernard Pivot and Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber showed their desire to share their passion for books and writers with rigor and openness.

“We love books and we are launching LIRE, a new monthly magazine, for those who, like us, love books.

You, perhaps, if reading has remained since your childhood the most personal, the most free way of entertaining or informing yourself.

You who are fascinated by the front of bookstores, but who, as soon as you enter, are disturbed, taken aback by the abundance of titles, the profusion of covers. What to choose ?

You that, often, a book bought on impulse has disappointed. Or you, who don’t have as much time to read as you would like.

It is with these problems in mind that we designed LIRE. So that it brings you three new satisfactions:

1. Reading for pleasure:

Each month a new issue of LIRE will renew and multiply your pleasure of reading, thanks to extracts from ten fascinating books chosen from the most recent.

This “magazine of books” does not intend to become yet another literary review, based essentially on criticism, but wants to allow you to appreciate, yourself, directly, the most varied works.

Each extract is neither the summary nor the condensation of a book, but the choice of one or more passages as the author wrote them. Extensively illustrated by us, these extracts which tell a story, present new ideas or…

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