I’ve made a promise to myself this week that I will not be lazy any more. I will not sit at my computer and order books from Amazon or Oxfam Books and wait for them to arrive in the post. I want instant gratification. I will go down to the high street and into my local independent bookstore and buy them there. Because I love my bookstore, I believe passionately in book shops on every high street, I believe every town should have a library and every school should be filled with books.Books Are My Bag is a UK campaign which celebrates the importance of bookshops on our high streets. I was astounded to learn that although 56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bricks-and-mortar bookshop, accounting for almost 40% in value of books bought by consumers, many of our high street bookshops are under threat.
So next time you go shopping, don’t just look in the window then buy online. Walk into your local bookshop and buy at least one book. Make it a habit.
Because if we don’t buy books on the high street, these shops will disappear.“1/3 of the country’s bookshops closed in
That’s 1 bookshop closing
My favourite bookshops are:-
Daunts, Marylebone High Street, London – I never fail to leave here without at least five new books. Excellent travel section;
Waterstones, Gower Street, London – this is a sentimental favourite, in its previous incarnation it was Dillons of Gower Street and my university bookshop;
The Cobham Bookshop, Cobham, Surrey – my local, friendly knowledgeable staff;
Wimbledon Books and Music, Wimbledon, London – my other local, tempting displays of hardbacks;
Stanfords, Long Acre, London – I’ve spent many a happy hour in here buying books for holidays.
And what about other authors?
Julia Donaldson [above], writer of The Gruffalo names Steyning Bookshop in Sussex;
Children’s writer and dame, Jacqueline Wilson [top] chooses three: The Open Book in Richmond, Much Ado in Alfriston, Derbyshire, and Hatchards, London.
Read more about the campaign by clicking this link:-