Demise of the independent bookshop

November 1, 2010

So glad to see  my novel, “Cogrill’s Mill”, is still stocked by Corfe Books in Addlestone.  The proprietor tells me that the shop is expanding to larger premises a few doors down.  This is good news and bucks the current trend.  Retailers like Corfe Books also carry out-of-print and second-hand books.  Their survival should be encouraged and nurtured.

Not long ago another of my local outlets, Corbett’s Bookshop in West Byfleet, closed.  It still stands with empty shelves, forlorn in the village shopping precinct.  Large bookshop chains and supermarkets now dominate our high streets, which makes it so difficult for the small publisher to get their books noticed.

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