It’s Independent Booksellers Week!
The town where I live, Abingdon near Oxford, although not that large, is blessed with not just one, but two independent booksellers:
First, we have The Bookstore, which does a brilliant job selling books and gifts, but is suffering a bit at the moment with the rebuild of the town’s Abbey Precinct – staying open although surrounded by scaffolding, and surviving despite being next door to W H Smith! If you’re local, they particularly need your support at the moment, as footfall is down while the building work is on.
Secondly, there is the prize-winning Mostly Books which has announced a deal today with genre specialists Angry Robot to offer free e-book downloads of their titles when the paper book is bought at the shop. It’s the start of an innovative collaboration between publishers and indie booksellers.
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If you’re visiting an Independent Bookseller this week, you’ll also be able to buy a copy of an exclusive essay by Julian Barnes – A Life with Books. It’s only available in indie bookshops, and a snip at £1.99 – all profits go to charity.