Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath is one of Britain’s best loved bookshops and if you ever wanted to support them now is the time to do it as they launch a crowdfunding campaign to expand its premises.
The store is already an absolutely delightful place to be, and if you haven’t already visited Mr B’s Emporium, you can find it in our bookshop section by clicking the link attached to the name in this paragraph.
As bookshops go it’s a delight to the senses but the owners are hoping this new crowdfunding campaign will allow them to expand the premises with plans for “something that shows kids, and reminds grown-ups how exciting reading can be and that shows the high street is very much alive and kicking”.
The opportunity to expand has presented itself by an upcoming vacancy in the shop’s adjacent premises at 13 John Street, which is currently occupied by a gallery. Mr B, Nic Bottomley has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the hope of raising £45,000 to enable it to take on the lease of the new premises this autumn, allowing the shop to expand without relocating. The expansion would more than double the extra floor space in the shop, allowing them to stock more titles and host more events.
Watch more about the campaign and take a look around the shop in the video below, and if you’d wish to support the Crowdfunder Campaign, click here.
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It’s a significant increase, especially as it’s the second year running numbers have increased, as it shows the first increase after years of decline for the book selling industry. The new members include 12 shops that opened during 2018 and three others which had opened previously but have only just joined the Booksellers Association in the last year.
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As Good Reader reports, the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House, has announced that Becoming sold over 725,000 copies on its first day of release, meaning it’s the publisher’s highest single-day sales of any book this year.
The Crowfunding campaign launched on 9th October with the hope of raising £45,000 to expand the shop. This amount was smashed within weeks and a new stretch target of £70,000 was set to help the shop reduced its reliance on expensive bank funding and when the campaign closed on Monday afternoon it was announced that £63,765 had been raised for the project.
It’s a grim time for retailers with many proclaiming the high street ‘dead on its feet’ so the news that two new stores are opening is absolutely fantastic, especially as it’s bookshops in particular who are suffering from the effects of online trade and the digital revolution.