As a former bookseller I’m delighted that some bookshops have been able to re-open despite the massive constraints they find themselves under. Heaven knows how they are going to manage with social distancing, hand sanitisers, masks and having to quarantine books every time they are touched. Like many browsers I spend time leafing through books, putting them back, sorting through shelves and, in quite a few cases, coming away having not made a decision – and NO it isn’t so I can find it cheaper on line!
In a Guardian article on Sunday 14 June (‘Now wash your hands: Ripon’s indie shops brace for the big reopening’), Donna Ferguson featured an Indie bookshop in the town coincidentally called The Ripon Bookshop. Owner Gill Edwards has been keeping going offering free deliveries of books to local customers and hosting book club meetings via Zoom. Obviously sales are down, but she’s confident they can still make a huge difference locally, even though they are fighting the big online sellers.
So support the open bookshops – they deserve it.