Reading has never been so cool and many bookshops are bucking the current high street trends and thriving. Today we hear the fantastic news that Waterstones is to open two new books and they’ll be trading in time for Christmas.
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.
The first of the shops will be based in Westfield in London and will be the first Waterstones to open in the capital since the Tottenham Court Road shop opened three years ago. Westfield has been without a bookshop since Foyles closed its doors in the White City shopping centre in 2015 and locals will surely be thrilled.
The second shop will open in Wokingham in the town’s new Peach Place development and will bring the first bookshop to the historic town since indie bookshop Bookends closed.
It’s great news for Waterstones and follows on from the news that the company is purchasing Foyles bookshops from the Foyles family, showing that one bookshop chain is at least bucking the trend. The news comes at the same time as we hear about WH Smith closing six loss-making high street stores citing challenging conditions on the high street.
It just shows it’s not all doom and gloom on the high street and while Waterstones is a large brand, we list several branches and hundreds of indie bookshops in our UK bookshop section over in our shop directory.
It seems like the beginning of the perfect ghost story… An old building, packed to the rafters with memories, the books full of people’s stories and authors’ energy… A ghostly figure floating through the shelves at closing time…
The oldest book shop in the USA- the Moravian Book Shop in Pennsylvania- boasts its own spectral member of staff: a dark figure seen occasionally wandering through the store. According to an employee, Jane Clugston, the spirit once warned her of danger, and potentially saved the store, and her life…
Dee Creative is an intersectional Black Feminist and is a passionate “advocate for racial justice and gender equality.” Her biggest dream is to open a Black Feminist Bookshop, “a safe and welcoming space where Black women can explore and discuss literary works that centre and reflect the Black female experience.” Read More
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.
Open from now until Wednesday 28th November, the pop-up shop is located on Bury Place, London and features books by women and gender non-binary people of colour. Read More
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.