App offers Edinburgh bookshop tour

App offers Edinburgh bookshop tour

A free app providing a tour of Edinburgh's 53 bookshops has been released onto iTunes.

The Bookshops Trail app has been created to mark Edinburgh’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature and gives users an overview of each bookshop and its individual specialisms, opening times, contact details and the quickest way to get there. The app covers independent bookshops, chain retailers and secondhand sellers.

Bookshops featured include the Owl & Lion Gallery, Free Church Books, Peter Bell Books, Old Children's Books, Pulp Fiction and Fruitmarket Gallery, as well as branches of Blackwell's and Waterstones.

A What’s On feature also provides up-to-date information for all literary events taking place across Edinburgh.

A spokesperson said: “Free and a must-have for the travelling booklover, this app will give users a visual and informative guide to Edinburgh’s bookshops. Edinburgh is the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, one of six cities worldwide to receive UNESCO’s City of Literature designation.”

The app is supported by the City of Literature website