You all know Penguin, but you may not be familiar with Hive. It is a UK online book retailer that links to independent bookshops. Each indie bookshop registering with them gets a storefront for their recommendations and they get a percentage from any orders.
My Independent Bookshop takes it one step further… Anyone can open up their own shopfront and link to an independent bookshop who’ll get the benefits of any sales generated, and the owner will get rewards too. Hive are able to offer decent discounts, so hope to compete a little with that other giant e-tailer…
The only downside I can see is that you can only have a dozen books on your shelves at any time – so sales may be slow – however, anything that generates a little extra income for indie bookshops is probably a good thing.
Below is what my shopfront looks like. I’m supporting Abingdon’s other indie bookshop The Bookstore through this initiative … do pop over and if you like what you see, why not buy a book. I’ll be ‘changing stock’ frequently, so do come back.