In a world where Amazon is ranked number one global retailer, it was refreshing to discover that last Saturday (8th October) marked National Bookshop Day in the UK—a day organised by the charity “Books are my Bag” (BAMB) to celebrate (and protect) the existence of bookshops.
After all, where but a bookshop can you admire beautifully designed books, flick through the pages of limited edition tomes and be asked if you “need any help” by an expert in mid-twentieth century Spanish literature?
And then there’s that sense of belonging you find in a bookshop. Whether you need to hide away with a tea and some Tolkien, or hire a space for a book club, talk or event, bookshops always seem to be there for you—for the community.
But it’s not just their physical stores that booksellers are getting right: many are also doing some equally inspiring stuff with ecommerce marketing.
Here are eight of our favourite bookshops today, and the different (marketing-related) lessons we can learn from each.