08 August 2011

How does a bookseller survive these days?

Today, I was reminded that there is more to buying a book than buying it through my Amazon Kindle. There are bookshops still out there, fighting their independent corner, still offering the traditional experience of walking into a shop, browsing, sniffing and sampling books off a shelf.

With the major stores like Waterstones and Borders either closing shops left right and centre, or liquidating themselves entirely, you would have thought that it was nearly all over for bookshops. People are either buying books online, in a supermarket or as eBooks on their Kindles or iPads.

But, there is a small handful of niche bookshops around the country who provide what the big booksellers cannot which is local knowledge and specialist knowledge. There is still a market for these bookshops. You just have to look on The Guardian's website to see where they are.

And, the joy of running a niche business, serving customers in a close and personal way is what still remains a strong reason for anyone with the wish to exercise their entrepreneurial drive on a traditional business with the potential of bringing the potential of the internet to bear and, so, bring it to new customers.

So, if you have £35,000 kicking around and fancy running a bookshop with potential for the future. There is one available, hereInterested parties should contact Westcountry Commerical Business Agents - property@westcountrycommercial.com, Mr Gary Cleverdon, tel +44(0)1363 775500.
The asking price is £35K +  stock at value (approx £10,000). The owner's email is books@creditonbookshop.co.uk.

Running a niche business is good. Running it in the West Country is even better.