Fidra Books opens second Edinburgh bookshop

<p>Scottish publisher Fidra Books is to open a second bookshop in Edinburgh, with the aim of &quot;bringing back the core values of customer service, wide-ranging stock selection and well-informed staff&quot; to the city centre.</p><p>The Edinburgh Bookshop will open its doors on Saturday 5th September, and will be managed by Andrew Bentley-Steed, who began his bookselling career at the Methvens chain, where he oversaw the introduction of the first in-store trade cafe and studio theatre. He has also worked at BCA, where he was a category buyer for fiction and memoirs.</p><p>The bookshop will stock almost 3,000 titles, with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. If a particular book is not stocked, the shop owners said it will be ordered within 48 hours.&nbsp; Owners Vanessa and Malcolm Robertson, who set up Fidra Books in 2005, launched The Children&#39;s Bookshop on Bruntsfield Place two years ago, a few doors down from where The Edinbugh Bookshop will stand.</p><p>Vanessa Robertson said: &quot;Moving away from the recent trend of homogenous book superstores, we hope to go back to the core values of bookselling - with the bookseller as expert and the customer as king. In these recessionary days, people are still reading books and we want to provide a first-class services for those people.&quot; She added that she was &quot;delighted&quot; to be working with Bentley-Steed, saying he had &quot;the perfect credentials&quot; to make the new venture work.</p><p>The Children&#39;s Bookshop has been shortlisted for Children&#39;s Independent Bookshop of the Year at this year&#39;s <em>Bookseller</em> Retail Awards, which will be announced on 17th September.</p>