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Started by HerrWalrus on Oct 12, 2017 5:58:09 PM
Diary of a Bookseller

I thought this entry may be of interest - in particular the comments btl

HerrWalrus - 06 Jan 2019 21:28:07 (#81 of 99)

The guy in Japan has been overwhelmed by demand. Worldwide. Could be some time before we are able to purchase them.

LordofMisrule - 06 Jan 2019 23:52:14 (#82 of 99)

I love those, but the notion of having a gap big enough on my bookshelves is amusingly alien.

JennyRad - 07 Jan 2019 10:24:43 (#83 of 99)

That was my first thought too, LordofMisrule. (Especially as I have just gone rummaging in cupboards looking for DVD-RWs and found only books I had forgotten needed shelf space. We moved in two and a half years ago, this is normal, right?)

HerrWalrus - 22 May 2019 12:01:00 (#84 of 99)

Camden Lock Bookshop (actually located in the Old Street Underground) is closing.

Read on...the small print tells you we're closing down the bookshop.

A bit of a surprise this one. One of the bookshops that I thought were doing well, at least sales wise (along with Judd books and Bookmongers in Brixton). But the rent and rates are obviously a big weight.

HerrWalrus - 23 May 2019 11:10:39 (#85 of 99)

Fame at last! But suspect I won't be described as the Hugh Grant of Kilburn..

Ricolas - 23 May 2019 14:08:38 (#86 of 99)

After a very quiet day in the bookshop yesterday apparently (!) this morning bustled about a bit, with a few email orders to deal with, and a couple of phone orders too. Judith Kerr dying means a few more Mogs and Tiger Who Came To Tea go onto tomorrow's order.

The sunny weather brightens up the shop a bit, which sits on the shady side of the road for most of the day. I could allow myself to natter to customers for longer than usual as it was cheery and not too busy.

The phone decided to only ring this morning - without exception - when I was serving customers. So a lot of having to remember to check the messages.

A couple of out-of-towners, an American and a lady from Middlesborough were in too, and managed to leave happy with some bits and pieces, which was nice.

Short day today though. Off after lunch leaving the boss in charge, as I have to pack to leave for Madrid this evening.

MontyPeculiar - 23 May 2019 20:29:04 (#87 of 99)

#85 that’s a great idea HerrW. And you get a day off!

I suspect you don’t really.

HerrWalrus - 23 May 2019 20:39:34 (#88 of 99)

I suspect you don’t really.

If anything it means more work - but fantastic even so. The people who partake have been great - I tell them if they ever come back to London I'd host them (accoommodation-wise) as a gift.

HerrWalrus - 23 Jun 2019 09:20:50 (#89 of 99)

If he doesn't want to continue the Church Street bookshop, be a real shame.

Ricolas - 23 Jun 2019 12:39:57 (#90 of 99)

That's the thing, isn't it? Books have remained the same sort of price, overheads have gone up. Our independent bookshop (in which I toil one day a week) survives, but next year is lease renewal time. And if the Landlord asks for too much of a rent increase, that is that.

nemo75 - 23 Jun 2019 12:40:48 (#91 of 99)

What has the business tax impact been like at your places?

Ricolas - 23 Jun 2019 13:45:30 (#92 of 99)

Complicated. And expensive from what I can understand. It is not as if the owner does not have a good accountant - being a retailer carries a lot of overheads. It must be hard being a Conservative of the Thatcher mould if you are a retailer, as it is quite clear that the once party of small business is not that anymore.

On the other hand, who is?

Avonlea - 23 Jun 2019 15:07:41 (#93 of 99)

A small independent baker on a minor road in the centre of Twickenham looks likely to close, as its business rates this year are £11,000. Hard for any small business to sustain, I would think.

Ricolas - 23 Jun 2019 17:22:27 (#94 of 99)

Particularly when the big players have massive economies of scale, and tend to be, er, very tax efficient

nemo75 - 23 Jun 2019 22:47:18 (#95 of 99)

I’m talking about local authority business rates.

HerrWalrus - 15 Jan 2021 10:34:25 (#96 of 99)

This bookseller reveals some key truths to running a bookshop. Rings 100% true with me.

HerrWalrus - 14 Jul 2021 09:35:08 (#97 of 99)

Crowdfunder for Saqi Books in Westbourne Grove - hit very hard by the floods apparently. I know even the wealthy people here are probably weary of appeals, but would be a shame if this place went under.

HerrWalrus - 01 Aug 2021 12:39:30 (#98 of 99)

The Book Guide is back online:

This is the new incarnation of thebookguide, which aims to list every secondhand and antiquarian bookshop in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

uranrising - 01 Aug 2021 13:08:01 (#99 of 99)

It's introduction has useful, brief survey of other books past surveying the field. An earlier edition of the Sheppard one helped me in to the field.

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