Buying books for Christmas
Books are a real favourite at Christmas, but the market is in peril. Independent bookshops have been struggling for the past decade, notably since Amazon sprung up as the 'Earth's biggest bookstore', but clever campaigns such as 'Books are my Bag' have helped to keep them afloat. Though we see new entrants popping up, we're losing old favourites and industry professionals.
The situation has worsened due to Covid-19 and resulting lock downs. Now we're seeing cult-favourites close their doors, such as Manchester's iconic Magma Bookstore.
Thankfully, a 'rebel alliance' is here to save the day from Amazon's cruel reign. Since its appearance in the UK, demand has gone wild for Bookshop.org, a seller that financially supports local and independent booksellers.
Buying a book from Bookshop.org means that either the full profits from your order will go to a local bookshop of your choice, or that your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops.
One independent bookshop is Lighthouse, a radical stockist in Edinburgh that is queer-owned and women-led.
Other preferable options are to buy second-hand and digital books, which save you money, and the planet trees.
World of Books both sell second-hand books, but Ebooks.com also does what it says on the tin and sells E-books if you know someone that enjoys reading without a physical copy.