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How bookshops will take on Amazon

I retired from bookselling 12 years ago and, not even close being the newest threat to bookselling, showrooming ended up occurring just before that (Showrooming: the absolutely no 1 threat to bookshops, G2, 18 December). It particularly affected booksellers who attemptedto be in business by specialising. I needed much more than 500 titles C new and secondhand C about golf, and three shelves of course architecture books.

After outside Championship in 2000, I sent 19 parcels to your US right away. By 2005, customers had discovered that Amazon will not steal their charge cards and land them in danger, and i also sent only five. The discrepancy was included by “customers” jotting down the ISBNs of books they want and, less than cutting off their hands, I could not stop them. I’d 37 lovely years bookselling, but will not like to do it in our climate. Best of luck to today’s booksellers C long may you survive on customers who can just learn that a book is “green about this big”.
Margaret Squires
St Andrews, Fife

For a lover of bookshops (and former librarian) I have got every sympathy with booksellers. I’d never heard the definition of “showrooming”, however in case I’m spotted in a very bookshop consulting a subscriber base, or scribbling info on the sunday paper within my diary, the reason is , I’m checking for books in my small “wishlist”, or making notes in regards to a possible present. Amazon C who needs them?
Jill Bennett
St Albans

During the fightback against Amazon, might independent bookshops consider creating bespoke bookplates? Particularly if buying books as presents, I’d love to be in a position to slip in the cover an “ex libris” bookplate using the name within the bookshop. It besides tells recipients which i value bookshops more than discounts, but additionally adds individuality thus to their copy. And attempt to local designers and printers.
Jenny Swann
Nottingham

Will be track record the contrary of showrooming? I look into book reviews and recommendations on Amazon and then order a duplicate from my local bookshop. Faster delivery, a chat within the till, so they pay their taxes too.
Helen Datson
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

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