Indie Bookshops: Sharing the Love…

Everyone in publishing says they love independent bookshops. But how can we show some practical support, especially with the big retail chains and Amazon using their financial muscle in some pretty hard-edged discounting? Well, we can all make the point of shopping in our local bookshops. And there are campaigns such as the Independent Booksellers Week coming up later this month. This includes publishers making some titles available exclusively to the indie trade, which is a great idea (and one we’re looking at for 2014).

But at IndieBooks we’ve decided to go a bit further and offer indie bookshops the chance to place advance orders for our titles at the same eye-watering discounts demanded from us by Amazon. (Just don’t tell our accountant…)

At least then they have a chance to match the discounts that Amazon offer, particulary on new titles. Of course, the market is still stacked against local shops, but to quote another rather dominant retailer, every little helps.

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