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Guardian launches indie guide

A guide to independent bookshops will be given away in this Saturday's Guardian [1st October], with more than 350 indies included.

The Independent Bookshops Directory is a 74-page A5 guide, with bookshops picked by the Guardian and the Observer. The directory also features an introduction from author Sarah Hall and an article written by Stephen Moss on his day at Hampshire's One Tree Books.

Each regional section also has a foreword by an author. Among those contrbuting are Sarah Waters introducing London; Peter James writing the foreword for south east England; Patrick McGuinness penning the introduction for Wales; and Neil Rollinson writing for the north west England section.

The guide accompanies the launch of Love Your Indie, the Independent Alliance's nationwide loyaltycard scheme for indie bookshops, with more than half a million blank cards also being distributed with the Guardian this Saturday. Both initiatives form part of the newspapers' Books Season.

 

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Just to let you know there is an independent bookshop in woodbridge
Suffolk WOODBRIDGE BOOKS 66 Thoroughfare woodbridge IP12 1AL tel no 01394 382382

Will this indie loyalty card be available elsewhere? I live near Ely which has two indie bookshops and would be glad to get hold of a card, and use it.

Yes, I wondered that too - there's absolutely nowhere on the Guardian's webpage to register your bookshop - where did they get their list from?
I was never invited.
And I'm in the Bookseller's Association Directory of members, too, so easy to find.

Yes, I am another independent Book Shop, also a member of the BookSellers Assoc. and also ignored in the compilation of this directory. I too would like to register our shop but have no idea how or if this is possible.

Hi,
You can register here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/bookshop/independent-bookshop-directory
(apologies if you have already done so!)

The abolition of the sensible Net Book Agreement in 1997 has proved disastrous for independent bookshops and the publishing industry. That the number of independent bookshops in Britain has declined drastically in the past six years is a direct consequence of publishers allowing supermarkets and book chains to sell heavily discounted books as cut-price commodities.
Resale Price Maintenance for books, either by law or by trade agreement, continues to be upheld in many EU member countries, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany and Italy.
The Government should consider reinstating the Net Book Agreement to allow independent bookshops to flourish once more.

Just to let you know there is an independent bookshop in woodbridge
Suffolk WOODBRIDGE BOOKS 66 Thoroughfare woodbridge IP12 1AL tel no 01394 382382

Will this indie loyalty card be available elsewhere? I live near Ely which has two indie bookshops and would be glad to get hold of a card, and use it.

Yes, I wondered that too - there's absolutely nowhere on the Guardian's webpage to register your bookshop - where did they get their list from?
I was never invited.
And I'm in the Bookseller's Association Directory of members, too, so easy to find.

Yes, I am another independent Book Shop, also a member of the BookSellers Assoc. and also ignored in the compilation of this directory. I too would like to register our shop but have no idea how or if this is possible.

Hi,
You can register here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/bookshop/independent-bookshop-directory
(apologies if you have already done so!)

The abolition of the sensible Net Book Agreement in 1997 has proved disastrous for independent bookshops and the publishing industry. That the number of independent bookshops in Britain has declined drastically in the past six years is a direct consequence of publishers allowing supermarkets and book chains to sell heavily discounted books as cut-price commodities.
Resale Price Maintenance for books, either by law or by trade agreement, continues to be upheld in many EU member countries, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany and Italy.
The Government should consider reinstating the Net Book Agreement to allow independent bookshops to flourish once more.