Browsing the shelves at your local bookshop is one of life’s great pleasures – thumbing the tomes, flicking through the pages, breathing in that weird paper smell like it’s legal cocaine, picking a book you know you’re going to get lost in for the next few days – but it’s a pleasure that’s just been brutally and unceremoniously ripped from our hands by the dreaded pandemic. But before you go heading off to whatever mega-corp online retailer is most convenient, we’ve got some news for you: you can still support your local bookshop from the comfort of your settee, sofa or couch.
There’s a new website called Bookshop which has united loads of the UK’s favourite independent bookshops, including a healthy number in London, so you can still buy reading material without your money going to some bald mega-billionaire who’s just going to use it to fund a new hairpiece. The website lets you buy from shops like Burley Fisher in Haggerston, Gay’s the Word near King’s Cross, Tales on Moon Lane in Dulwich and the V&A and Tate bookshops, too.
So really, you’ve got no excuse to not lose yourself in a good book. It’s not like there are any pubs to go to, is it?
Bookshop.org is live now – get shopping.
Looking for more? Check out these amazing Black-owned bookshops in London.