It was Love Reading 4 Kids who alerted me to Independent Booksellers Week. I usually manage to jump in on various US book celebrations, but it was one of my new year’s resolutions to become more involved with the UK book scene, and so far I’ve done very little.
Do you have an independent bookseller you know and trust? Do you drop in and browse, discuss new books by authors you’ve bought from there? Do you search out old books that are hard to find? I used to… one of them is even featured in the cover of the website for Independent Booksellers Week. Since I moved to Norfolk, though, I haven’t located one – mainly because I live nowhere near any shopping streets (we have a village newsagent with lots of other things in there). But then again, I haven’t looked.
It’s so easy to shop online for books, isn’t it? They arrive in a nice neat package a couple of days later, and it’s so nice to have the postman hand the package to you with a cheerful comment. Well, my postman does (and his name is Paul, on the off chance he reads this blog 🙂 ). Then of course, there’s your eReader. I currently have 225 books on mine!
When I go into Norwich I usually spend a good hour or two in Waterstones even if I’m not really wanting to buy books. Somehow I usually leave with a couple. Then of course you can also sit and have a nice coffee at the Costa franchise inside. It’s also extremely handy for getting the hourly bus back to my village.
But independent booksellers are a discussion point – especially for indie authors. Should we support them on principle? Should we make them out best friends? Isn’t the book world changing fast and can they keep up?
Well, if indie authors want to be part of that change, maybe we should support our indie bookshops too.
Whether you’re in the UK or not, support your indie bookshop. And if you’re in the UK, check out the book crawl events near you (or within a day trip) on July 5th. You know it makes sense.
Oh, in case you’re in Norfolk, my nearest (within 25 miles, so King’s Lynn isnt here) indie booksellers are:
|Jarrold & Sons Ltd
|The Book Hive
|Norfolk Children’s Book Centre
|Holt Bookshop Ltd
|Bertram A Watts
|Diss Publishing Bookshop Co Ltd