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London indies fund new bookshop map
28.09.11 | Graeme Neill
London's independent bookshops have joined forces to publish a map of the city's bookshops.
The London Bookshop Map features 87 indies from across the city including ones selling new, antiquarian, specialist and second-hand titles. The map is free and is available in bookshops and galleries. It features a text work from the artist David Batchelor. The map will be updated every six months and rereleased with a new text artwork.
Among the bookshops which have donated money to fund its publication are Housman's Bookshop in Kings Cross, Woolfson and Tay in Bermondsey and the Atlantis Bookshop in Bloomsbury.
The map's editor, Louise O'Hare, said: "At their best independent bookshops can offer individual selection rather than market-driven choices of books to customers, sustaining and developing local interests and communities and offering alternative ways for audiences to participate in a range of cultural activities. Such bookshops are crucial platforms for independent publishing culture, and culture in general, and these are the ones I was keen to promote."
O'Hare said she is still seeking donations to fund future maps and can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.