Here at Delve into Dystopia we’re strong believers in supporting local independent bookshops where we can. If we don’t make the effort to spend money in bookshops rather than in big chain or online stores like Waterstones (UK) or Amazon, then there won’t be any independent stores left to explore. People who work in bookshops have an invaluable expertise about books that you won’t find anywhere else, and getting to know your local bookshop can be really beneficial. Is there a book that you’re just dying to get your hands on? Well, many independent bookshops will be able to order in books to be picked up the very next day – talk about next day delivery! Also, by supporting your local independent bookshop, you’re helping to keep authors in business as they actually receive a higher income than books bought for hugely discounted prices in big chain stores.
Over the last year or so, we decided to really get to know our local independent bookshop, The Edge of the World Bookshop (in Penzance, Cornwall, England) and have now moved on a step to being sponsored by them. This doesn’t mean we receive books for free, but they help to keep us up-to-date on new releases and let us lay claim to some of the review copies that come into the store. Also, we sometimes help out in the shop – James and Rachel (the owners) are the loveliest of people to be surrounded by and a day can fly by when we’re there.
The Edge of the World Bookshop is the most welcoming shop, always having a fantastically inviting window display no matter the time of year. They run a loyalty card scheme where for every £80 spent, you get a £5 Edge of the World book token – £80 is surprisingly easy to spend on books so the tokens are very welcome! It’s so easy to get lost in the world of books and find that hours have sped by whilst you explore the many shelves stocked high with worlds to delve into.
They won the Julia Donaldson Independent Bookshop of the Month Award in July 2014 and it’s really no surprise. If you’re ever down near Penzance, Cornwall, make sure to pop in and say hi – also, don’t forget to check out the table display near the back of the store, that’s where all the dystopias are!