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Care About Independent Bookshops? Consider Supporting October Books!

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Online shopping may be very convenient, but the rise in digital stores has meant that even large chains are struggling to keep their brick and mortar stores open. While many shops have had to sell up, others have managed to thrive thanks to the support of their local community. If you’re loathe to see another book store close, one that’s independent no less, then we urge you to consider supporting a crowdfunding effort put together by October Books, a small, independent, not-for-profit co-operative shop in the UK that needs YOUR help! Read More

First Ever ‘Trust’ Bookstore Opens in Dubai

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A pop-up bookshop called Book Hero is claiming a first in Dubai, as the first ever ‘trust’ bookshop. The unmanned store puts trust in the fact that those who love books do not steal and therefore the bookshop will be unmanned with no support staff.

The pop up bookstore at Marina Walk, Dubai is a must for visitors to the city and will be there until the end of May. Sadly there are no staff to help if you need assistance, and that’s because the whole concept runs on public trust.

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Stephen King Says He’ll Help Bookshop Owner Who Lost Rare Collection in a Flood

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A bookshop owner named Gerald Winters who runs a bookshop in Bangor, Maine was devastated when a burst pipe caused a flood which destroyed over 2,000 books, some of which were rare first editions and included several of King’s original typed manuscripts, including Dolan’s Cadillac and The Eyes of the Dragon. The damage has cost Winters thousands of dollars worth of rare books, not to mention the cost of repairing the store. Luckily, help is at hand.

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A Wedding Amongst The Books

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The perfect wedding for many reading addicts would be held in a library or bookstore. To be surrounded by both the people and the objects you love the most sounds heavenly! There would be no need for flowers- who would want floral scents to mask the musty-vanilla of our papery companions? Just push the tables aside and there would be plenty of room for dancing and celebrating.

That is exactly what one couple did in New York City.

On the first of December 2017, among the rare books section of The Strand bookstore, two people who were very much in love made their vows in front of family and friends. Adam J. Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga eschewed traditional ceremonial practices for a service that included the guests through the ritual, the entertainment was brought to them by a drag queen singer, and a low-key dance space provided for those who wanted to shake their stuff in honour of the sweet couple.

Thanks to The Daily 360, and with help via technology from Samsung, their wedding video is an interactive affair where we are able to scan around the room via our computer.

Watch the video below for an insight into the wonderful day and share the love!

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Blackwell’s Names its Book of the Year 2017

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It’s that time of year when we reflect over the past year in literature to see what the real stand out releases of the year were. This week Blackwell’s Bookshops announced their book of the year for 2017 and it’s a book that started life as a lowly crowdfunder campaign.

Blackwell’s Book of the Year 2017 is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, a book that has really captured the zeitgeist of the women’s movement in 2017. Read More

Matt Lucas Hosts Singing Competition for Bookshop Owners

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In October, Matt Lucas releases his memoirs Little Me: My Life from A-Z and to celebrate he’s hosting a little competition for bookshop owners.

Canongate who are publishing the memoirs are hosting a singing competition at their website right now and to enter bookshop owners must film themselves singing and send it in. The winner will have Matt Lucas visit their shop on December 5th to sign copies of Little Me. Read More

Huge Response to Newham Bookshop Appeal for Grenfell Tower Victims

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Yesterday saw one of the worst residential catastrophes in living history in London, as a tower block housing 600 residents was devastated by fire as they slept, leaving scores dead and many homeless. Seventeen people are confirmed dead but there could be more than a hundred people still missing and hundreds left homeless.

It’s an unbelievable tragedy and this morning, a London bookshop put out an appeal to raise funds for the victims. Newham bookshop’s owner Vivian Archer tweeted from the bookshop’s Twitter account early this morning appealing for items for a charity raffle for the victims and the response has been phenomenal. Read More

The Wild Detectives Turn Classics Into Clickbait.

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The Wild Detectives was founded by Javier Garcia del Moral and Paco Vique who were so passionate about books, food, and decent alcoholic drinks, that they created Los Detectives Salvajes. Their mission statement is as follows: “The Wild Detectives is to curate all those things that matter, those serious pleasures which turn life into experience”

Based now in Dallas, Texas (too far away from me, for my liking!) the team bring the bookish people of Dallas a place to be to enjoy locally brewed beer, locally roasted coffee and, most importantly, a rich selection of books, records, and stimulating conversation. They have impressed so many that they were invited to give a TedXTalk at the University of Texas to speak about why they decided to put a bar in their bookshop.

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Book Shops Versus Clothes Shops

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If you’re one of those people who is filled with dread at the thought of clothes shopping, but could spend many a relaxing hour wandering around a bookshop then you might think you’re a bit odd. But you’re not alone, I love it too, and I’m sure there are many of us who feel soothed at the very act of walking through the door of a bookshop.

I hate shopping, it’s my least favourite thing in all the world, but give me a bookshop, especially a second hand one, and I could wander for hours! Read More

Regional Award for The Big Comfy Bookshop

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The Big Comfy Bookshop in Coventry is exactly as the name suggests. An independent bookshop café, the store is warm and welcoming and a firm favourite of For Reading Addict’s Shan, and clearly she’s not the only one as the shop has picked up a regional award.

What’s On Magazine has named The Big Comfy Bookshop Best Independent Coffee Shop/Café in Coventry & Warwickshire, proving that books and coffee go together perfectly! Read More