Independent David Fickling Books has launched an online bookshop in time for Christmas.
The shop will sell books published by DFB, including signed copes of Close to the Wind by Jon Walter and Shadow of the Wolf by Tim Hall, as well as books from other publishers, including a limited number of signed copies of Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (Scholastic) as a gift set.
Publisher David Fickling was the first person to acquire Philip Pullman when he signed The Ruby in the Smoke in 1985. He edited the His Dark Materials series while running David Fickling as an imprint at Scholastic.
“Secretly, I have always wanted to run a sweetshop. The DFB Shop is my way of doing the next best thing,” said Fickling. “We’re not looking to compete with the big boys, but to make a more personal connection with our readers – and the books they love.”
The books are sold at r.r.p. so customers who want deep discounts should “go elsewhere, but if you’re shopping online and want to support our utterly brilliant authors as much as possible in their writing careers, then the DFB Shop is the place to come”, he said.
To mark the opening of the shop, DBF has created an online "13 Days of Christmas" advent calendar (a nod to the 13 titles published by DFB this year). Every day customers will find extras on the site, including an interview with Fickling, a Christmas message from a DFB author, and a competition.
Fickling launched his own company last year, after DBF had been an imprint at Random House for more than a decade.
This year, DFB has also published new titles by Mal Peet, Andy Mulligan, Dave Shelton, and Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell.