Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Bookshops And Booksellers

I've written a few posts about bookselling which you can find here. I buy books from the big chains, the independents, online and from real, physical shops. There are all sorts of booksellers out there and most of them do a wonderful job. Support writers and spend lots of money in bookshops. It's the only way.

If you have a favourite bookshop or bookseller, whether independent or part of a chain, then post a link to its website here and I'll add it to my list. I could especially do with some bookshops which aren't based in the UK.

UK Bookshops And Booksellers

The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, North London, has a great blog called Open A Bookshop, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? A real delight.

Bookseller Crow is in Crystal Palace, South London, and has a blog (you might have to scroll down a bit to find the latest update) and an online shop.

The Children's Bookshop in Edinburgh is run by publisher Fidra Books, and has a very informative blog.

Joseph's Bookstore. Finchley, North London. It comes highly recommended.

Mostly Books, Abingdon, has a lovely blog.

Wenlock Books in Much Wenlock has a very quiet blog which is rarely updated but the shop is a real treat: it sells new and second-hand books, and dispenses cake on Saturday mornings. It's one of my favourites.

Online Booksellers

Most of the big chains have online bookshops: I'll leave it up to you to find those for yourself!

Here's Amazon in the UK.

This is Abe Books, which lists the stock of second-hand booksellers worldwide alongside a good search facility. It's particularly useful for finding obscure and out-of-print titles at good prices.


Unknown said...

You should add The Book Depository to this list of online booksellers. They are based in the UK somewhere (Gloucester, I think). They ship worldwide with no charge for postage! They seem to have some link up with Abe, for any USA books that they haven't got in stock.

downbythebeach said...

The Book Depository are excellent. Cheaper than Amazon for new books, it seems, and they ship free to Ireland without the minimum charge. Which is good if you're in Ireland. I know we should support our local bookshops, but sometimes you just want to buy online, and this crowd are nicer.