The people behind Camden Lock Books have opened a new independent bookshop today (12th February) in Hackney, east London.
Jason Burley, owner of Camden Lock Books, and Sam Fisher, who has worked there for three years, opened Burley Fisher Books in Kingsland Road, which links Shoreditch and Dalston. The 800 sq ft shop will specialise in new titles by independent presses; it will also have a coffee shop where “punters can work and sup coffee”, Fisher said. He told The Bookseller: “Camden Lock Books is going well. We have seen a resurgence of people appreciating physical books and we felt like it was the right time to open another bookshop.”
Fisher, formerly an editorial assistant at Gibson Square Books, added: “I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think it would be successful and if I wasn’t confident about the future of physical books.”
The shop will stock “quality” fiction and non-fiction, with an emphasis on début fiction, as well as poetry and design books. It will also lean towards independent presses, which Fisher said were producing “great work” and “beautiful physical objects”. He added: “Our shop will host regular events with authors, both local and from further afield,” Fisher added.