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15 moments when a Swansea bookshop won Twitter

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Bookshops are often thought of as quiet, thoughtful places where people go to buy, read, and sniff the books. Sometimes it can be tricky to make the bookshop seem like a super-exciting and stimulating place to be, but one branch of Waterstones has been trying to entice people in with their witty rhetoric on Twitter.

Ok, so perhaps the only people impressed with cheeky banter from a retail social media account are possibly just Reading Addicts… And it is a good job you are all here!

Settle down with a cup of tea and these 15 witty, silly, and funny quips from Swansea Waterstones.

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Waterstones Buys Family Owned Foyles Chain

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In one of the biggest sales the bookselling world has ever seen, Waterstones is buying the family owned Foyles bookshop chain in a move they say is designed to champion real bookshops in the face of online rivals.

The 115 year old chain has been in the hands of the Foyles family since the first bookshop was opened in London in 1903 by brothers William and Gilbert Foyle. The sale to Waterstones will include the entire chain including the well-known Charing Cross Road store in central London, which was famously relocated in 2014. The chain has 283 bookshops across the UK and Northern Europe and is one of the best known brands of bookshop in Britain.

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Raffle Sees New Owner for Cardigan Bookshop

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Last month we brought you the news that a bookshop owner from Cardigan, West Wales was raffling off his business to customers at his shop. Every customer who spent £20 in store received a raffle ticket and in the end sixty tickets went into the hat.

Last week the draw was made, with Abba’s The Winner Takes it All playing in the background and the name out of the hat was of Dutchman Ceisjan van Heerden, known locally as CJ who will become the shop’s new owner.
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How Barnes & Noble was Almost Sold Off Quietly

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A lawsuit filed by Barnes & Noble’s former CEO Demos Parneros on 28th August charging his former employer with breach of contract and defamation of character after his dismissal last month has revealed that the giant bookseller was to be quietly sold off this year before the deal fell through.

Barnes & Noble are thought of as one of the giants of the bookselling industry, about the only company to come close to rivalling Amazon, and even having their own branded eReader. But now thanks to this lawsuit it’s announced that in June a rival withdrew its offer to buy the chain after completing due diligence due to a number of unflattering revelations about how the company operates. The rival bookseller is unnamed in the announcement, and we wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as to who it may have been.
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British Bookshop Owner Raffles Off Business

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Paul Morris, owner of the Bookends Bookshop in Cardigan, West Wales has come up with a ‘novel’ way to sell his business, by raffling it off to his customers. The bookshop owner Paul Morris, and his wife Leila are saying goodbye to the Bookends Bookshop after running it for the last four years and they want to give someone else a chance by raffling it off to their customers.

Anyone who visits the Bookends Bookstore in Cardigan between now and the end of August and spends £20 or more will have their name put into Paul’s famous top hat (Paul is a big fan of the Steampunk genre), and in September one lucky winner will be drawn to win the entire lot!
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Children’s Bookshop in London Selling books for only £1

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A children’s bookshop in Islington, London is selling children’s books for only £1 in order to encourage children to discover a love of reading. Called Children’s Books, the business has been run for the past five years by Mark Dunford in Chadwell Street, Islington, London.

Property owned in the heart of Islington could easily be rented out for a steep price, but Mark is more interested in bringing the community together over a love of books. “I’m a property developer and I own this shop, and the one next door,” said Mark. The one next door used to be the bookshop, but the fella retired. I moved it to its current unit five years ago.
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Harrogate Bookshop Has ‘Worst Day’ and Bibliophiles Come to the Rescue

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An independent bookseller in Harrogate tweeted out about her worst day ever of sales in sheer desperation and bibliophiles have flocked to support the shop, inundating her with orders.

Georgia Duffy who owns the ImaginedThings bookshop in Harrogate tweeted that the bookshop had had its worst day ever, taking just £12.34 on Monday, but the tweet garnered support like she could never have imagined.
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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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