Independent Bookshops and the Community

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I was following a conversation on a group on Facebook (I know, I know) and it was pointed out that people don’t seem to realise the services that local, independent bookshops offer.

Most independent bookshops are a wonderfully curated collection of books for you to spend time in and get that right book for you from the shelf there and then. If the shop doesn’t have that one specific book you are looking for the vast majority of shops can (and are more than pleased to) order that book in for you and it will usually take less than 48 hours for it to arrive.

In fact independent bookshops can offer all the services of the larger bookshops, ordering, pre-ordering, and book searches (and none of these are offered by the supermarkets, petrol stations or other bookselling oddities). They also offer something that you will never find on Amazon, tailored and personal service that actually listens to you as an individual rather than an algorithm.

This carries through to the other services that bookshops offer. Activities, events, social evenings, and much, much more.

A lot of local bookshops also run outreach activities, getting books into schools, including with their authors, and these efforts are becoming recognised as being really important and bookshops are becoming an integral part of the village/town/city once again.

An of example of this is Drake’s Bookshop in Stockton, whilst not only being a Regional winner of Independent Bookshop of the Year, is now in the running for Britain’s Best Small Shop. This is due to the hard work of the owners and staff in putting on an exciting array of events and activities throughout the year, but also for championing reading as an important part of education and championing independent bookshops as an important factor in facilitating this.

So get yourself out there and find a local independent bookshop (you can use our map to find your nearest) and see what they have to offer you, it will often be much more than you were expecting.


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What A Response!

Escalated

Escalated

That was totally unexpected, I thought this would be a nice little project. Sleepy like, pootling along gathering information slowly and steadily.

Post the map and then Bam! I’m suddenly being retweeted by Michael Rosen, getting hundreds of likes and site visits.

With that there are hundreds of suggestions of other bookshops and lots of people being extremely positive and helpful.

This does probably mean that the site and information will grow at a quicker pace than I was prepared for, but I will step up and try to get information on as quickly as I can.

If you want to help we could do with some funds which would buy time where I didn’t have to do work for others but could concentrate on this.

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If you want to help and support this blog and my other projects (Indie Publishers and Big Bearded Bookseller) you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on contact@bigbeardedbookseller.com with any suggestions.

An Introduction

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Forum Books

I’m aiming to build a resource highlighting the brilliant work that Independent Bookshops do, the hard graft that goes into these shops, the love and dedication.

Each Independent Bookshop is different and they shine a light on lots of different styles of writing and books, from lovely cosy children’s bookshops to radical bookshops that challenge the status quo and get targeted by the far right for their efforts.

I will also be looking at Independent Publishers and the work they do to keep new and challenging writing flowing on a separate blog, Indie Publishers, concentrating on indie publishers in the UK and Ireland

One of the things I really want to do is visit as many of these shops and publishers as possible and get their thoughts on the current state of books and writing and why they sell and/or produce books.

So keep an eye out for me on my travels.


If you want to help and support this blog and my other projects (Indie Publishers and Big Bearded Bookseller) you could become a Patreon which would help pay for my hosting, domain names, streaming services, and the occasional bag of popcorn to eat while watching films.

If you can’t support with a monthly subscription a tip at my Ko-Fi is always appreciated, as is buying things from my Ko-Fi Shop.

You can always email me on contact@bigbeardedbookseller.com with any suggestions.