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We love reading, we love buying books and according to our recent survey, more than 71% of us are reading more than ever during this crisis. Whilst high streets are closed, we are denied the leisurely browse round our favourite bookshops. It’s now not too easy to pop a book in your shopping trolley as you meander around the supermarket. Libraries are closed. And let’s be honest, we don’t all want to support Amazon any more than we have to. Much as we understand the ease of doing business on there, that recent stat that their sales have hit £8,800 a second is a tough pill to swallow when they are the greatest threat to high-street bookselling.
But all is not lost!
It’s been incredible to see how hard-working bookshops across the nation have responded and how booksellers’ creativity are keeping the love of books alive. Booksellers rising to the challenge is a joy to see, and we must support them to ensure we still have our indie bookstores when we come out the other side.
Here at LoveReading, we have been running a social campaign over the last month or so since lockdown to support booksellers across the country, who are still open for business.
You can find local shops via the Booksellers Association’s website.
And below is a list of amazingly independent booksellers who we would love for you to support if you can.
Go on treat yourself, you know you want to.
Take a look at our latest Books of the Month, be inspired by our list of 50 Books to Transport you to another world, or even our Star Books section where we promise you won’t be disappointed! And if you fancy treating the kids in your life, head over to LoveReading4Kids for some booky inspiration.
If you are an indie bookseller or if you know an indie bookstore near you that could benefit from a LoveReading shout out, do let us know!
Colchester - Red Lion Books
Crosby, Liverpool - Pritchards Books
Norwich - The Book Hive
Suffolk - Aldeburgh Bookshop
East Sussex - Bags of Books
Castle Cary, Somerset - Bailey Hill Bookshop
Wallingford, Oxford - Wallingford Bookshop
Norfolk - Norfolk Children's Book Centre
London - Brick Lane Bookshop
Hampshire - The Book Shop (Lee-on-the-Solent)
Isle of Man - Bridge Bookshop
Edinburgh - Golden Hare Books
Greater Manchester - Simply Books
Leicester - Kibworth Books
Bristol - Storysmith
Warwick - Warwick Books
Wales - Griffin Books
Northumberland - Forum Books
Shropshire - Booka Bookshop
Bath - Mr B's Emporium
Heswall - Linghams Booksellers
Bridgwater - The Snug Bookshop
London - Goldsboro Books
Ross on Wye - Rossiter Books
Lake District - Sam Read Booksellers
York - The Blue House Bookshop
Cornwall - The Book Shop, Liskeard
Kent - Sevenoaks Bookshop
Dorset - The Bookshop, Bridport
Tipperary - Sheelagh na Gig
Harrogate - Imagined Things
Hexham, Northumberland - Cogito Books
Cockermouth - The New Bookshop
Southampton - October Books
Cheshire - Nantwich Bookshop
Shropshire - Burway Books
Biggar - Atkinson-Pryce Books
Dulwich - Village Books
Holmfirth - Read.
Colchester - Wivenhoe Books
Buckinghamshire - Gerrards Cross Books
Norfolk - Kett's Books
Newham - Newham Bookshop
Gloucestershire - Yellow Lighted Bookshop
Leeds - The Little Bookshop
Teeside - Book Corner
Hastings - Big Green Bookshop
Highbury - Ink@84