Bookspot of the Week: Ironbridge Bookshop

Bookspot of the Week: Ironbridge Bookshop

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The best day of the week is back, bookworms! This time, we sat down (virtually, of course) with Megan Prince, owner of the Ironbridge Bookshop in Shropshire, UK. This place is anything but minimalist, so if you like rainbows, trinkets, and endless rows of books, read on!   image via @theironbridgebookshop How did your bookstore transition from concept to reality? I’ve owned the shop for a little over five years now, but it’s been a bookshop for about ten. I worked there from the age of thirteen and always wanted to have my own bookshop someday. The previous owner moved on as …

Bookspot of the Week: Gay’s the Word!

Bookspot of the Week: Gay’s the Word!

An LGBTQ+ meeting place entirely centered around books? We love to see it! This week, we’re chatting with bookseller Erica Gillingham from the ever-so-magical Gay’s the Word bookshop in Bloomsbury, London. Spoiler alert: you will want to book a flight immediately after reading this. How did your bookstore transition from concept to reality? The bookshop was opened in January 1979 by a group of gay socialists led by Ernest Hole. Ernest had been inspired by the Oscar Wilde Memorial Bookshop in NYC, which he had visited just after the Stonewall Riots. image via gay’s the word What do you feel …

Book Sales Climb as Readers Seek To Escape

Book Sales Climb as Readers Seek To Escape

COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe, and book sales are climbing as a result. Readers seek to escape the uncertain world and distract themselves through all forms of literature. Citizens in the United Kingdom are gathering novels, puzzle books, study guides, and coloring books as they prepare for long periods of social isolation. Fiction sales are up by a third and children’s books rise 234%, while stores like Waterstones are seeing a 400% weekly rise of online sales. image via bbc news     It’s not just genres that seem to be on the rise, classic titles like The Great …