Bookshop.org launches in the UK
9 November 2020
Online bookshop platform Bookshop.org has successfully launched in
the UK, recording good sales and the participation of many in the
book trade from authors to publishers as well as the local,
independent bookshops which it was set up to support. It was first
launched in the US to help support independent bookshops and due to
demand brought forward its launch date here to 2 November 2020.
As more and more people buy their books online, Bookshop.org
wanted to create an easy, convenient way for book buyers to get
books and support bookshops at the same time.
Authors, publishers, book clubs, review magazines, influencers
and others can support local bookshops and earn revenue at the same
time by becoming affiliates.
Bookshop.org has been widely welcomed: see eg Sharmaine
Lovegrove in The Guardian of 5 November 2020. Mark
Chandler in The Bookseller of 9 November 2020 reports that
Bookshop.org sold £415,000 of books in its first week.