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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Calls to give support to local bookshops | Island News - Isle of Wight Observer

In advance of the IW Literary Festival, Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has called on Islanders to support local bookshops, saying they offer an experience not available on the internet by Jade Honey, Isle of Wight Observer.

Mark Sames, from Ryde Bookshop in Ryde High Street, said: “We were established in 1988, we have over 100,000 books in 10 rooms on three floors. There are both second-hand and new books on virtually every subject, so we are able to offer great choice and excellent value. Why browse virtually on the internet when you can browse for real, and walk away there and then with your book of choice. We are open seven days a week including bank holidays.”

Margaret Norris from Books2Love in Pyle Street Newport said: “’Customers love to browse in this old-fashioned bookshop with knowledgeable staff giving a personal service and a huge selection of books both new and second-hand to choose from. Toasted teacakes and a variety of coffee; what’s not to like?”...

Mr Seely said: “It is these smaller local stores that offer not just a good selection of books, but the staff have a unique experience, knowledge and passion for books and literature. These shops also provide a social hub as well as contributing to the fabric of our town centres. It is too easy to browse the internet and purchase online and forget that there are smaller independent retailers right on our doorstep that offer excellent choice and value.”

Source: Isle of Wight Observer