With the whole of the UK affected by the Coronavirus crisis, we are all having to learn to adapt to the challenges of these unprecedented times. With so many of us self-isolating at home, both the publishing industry and the public need bookshops more than ever before, as champions of reading, knowledge and community.

We are already seeing bookshops and booksellers do incredible work across the country to help the public access books, engage with the book community, and promote authors and titles affected by the crisis.


Hundreds, if not thousands, of bookshops around the UK and Ireland are now offering online shopping and home delivery for those in isolation. Bookstores currently offering delivery services include (to name but a few):

North West
o   Ebb & Flo, Chorley
o   News from Nowhere, Liverpool
o   Plackitt & Booth Booksellers Ltd, Lytham

North East
o   Cogito Books, Hexham
o   The Guisborough Bookshop, Guisborough

o   Five Leaves Books, Nottingham
o   Old Curiosity Bookshop, Hathern
o   Rossiter Books, Ross-on-Wye

South West
o   Books on the Hill, Clevedon
o   Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books, Bristol
o   Storysmith, Bristol

o   Brick Lane Bookshop, Tower Hamlets
o   Dulwich Books, West Dulwich
o   Newham Bookshop, Newham
o   Pages of Cheshire Street, Shoreditch
o   Pages of Hackney, Hackney
o   Pickled Pepper Books, Crouch End
o   South Kensington Books, South Kensington
o   The All Good Bookshop, Wood Green

South East
o   Rye Books, Rye
o   The Book Nook, Hove

o   Category is Books, Glasgow
o   Main Street Trading, St Boswells

o   Book-ish, Crickhowell
o   Chepstow Books, Chepstow
o   Cover to Cover, Swansea
o   Griffin Books, Penarth

o   Woodbine Books, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare


It is not just deliveries which have been taken online. Booksellers have always been invaluable sources of knowledge, recommending titles and championing authors, and the Coronavirus has not put a stop to this. Bookshops such as Mr B’s Emporium, Bath; The Book Hive, Norwich; Wonderland Books, Retford and Imagined Things, Harrogate, are providing book recommendations for those self-isolating and are offering special themed bundles of books to their customers in their digital stores.


The publishing industry has always relied on bookshops for talks, launches and signings, and as physical events are cancelled and postponed, booksellers are already picking up the baton and moving events into the virtual world. Foyles are hosting online book launches, Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh are planning readings and bookseller videos as part of their Lighthouse Lift Raft programme, and acclaimed author Max Porter will be taking over book recommendations online for Burley Fisher Books, Haggerston.

The work bookshops are doing right now is so vital during these difficult times, providing support to the publishing industry and offering the public much needed escape from the news cycle. To discover more on what bookshops are doing near you and how you can support them, visit the Booksellers Association and Books Are My Bag Twitter feed, the Booksellers  indie bookshop Twitter list, and follow the hashtag #ChooseBookshops to learn about the latest developments from booksellers and find your local bookshop.

We need bookshops as much as they need us right now; by supporting each other, the book community can make it through this crisis.

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