Category: bookshops

The Secret Bookseller is an anonymous Independent Bookshop manager blogging about the UK book industry

Reps: An Appreciation

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Next time you are in a big bookshop, look down towards your feet, and there you might see it: a mysterious set of two parallel lines carved into the carpet, snaking its way across the shop floor.

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Publisher Embargoes: An Investigation

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When you work in a bookshop, new titles arrive all the time: any day of the week, any time of the month.

It’s like Christmas every day (but without the gin-soaked afternoon nap and second-degree oven burns.) 

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Nibbies for Dummies

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When you run an Indie bookshop, the occasional compliment from a customer should really be reward enough. Only the other day in fact, a young lady came in and proclaimed:

Wow. This shop is so random.

This of course is youth-speak for “delightfully well-stocked.”

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Using Bookshops as an Amazon Catalogue

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When you work in a bookshop, you can usually tell when a fellow bookseller comes in. They’ll be the ones subtly straightening all your book displays and re-imposing alphabetical order on the poetry section.

If they work for a bookshop chain, you may hear them utter the words “staff discount” at some point to their friend, before walking out empty-handed.

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Adult Colouring Books

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In 2015 and 2016, a strange fever overtook the UK public. Vital everyday activities such as sleeping, cooking and re-tweeting were usurped by a new phenomenon: Adult Colouring.

Perfectly sane individuals found themselves reaching for the crayons, and spending huge amounts of time hunched over increasingly intricate patterns, themes, motifs and the occasional fractal. 

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