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Coping in a crisis
From Simon: “Closing the shop indefinitely today was a huge wrench - but totally necessary. Keeping our customers and staff safe has to be our absolute priority. While my first year as an independent bookseller has been a tough one, we have made real progress in making it viable. The future is now much more uncertain, but I am determined that we will get through this. Developing a full online shop was never our plan but if it gives us a route back to our real bookshop then it has to be worthwhile.”
Introducing our online store
When one door closes... We have been putting a lot of effort into loading our shop stock onto our website and making it possible for you to order and pay online. The website has always had advice on specific books but now we have greatly enlarged that facility and gone from just a couple of dozen of them to several thousand! It’s been a big task but our electronic till and stock system has now given us what we need to feed the info it holds on to our customers under each of the shop’s categories. But that’s just for starters because if the book you want isn’t in the shop we can still order it for you from our wholesalers. That takes our total reach to more like 13 million books!
Visit our online store
Delivery to suit your needs
If you order online you can choose the delivery method that best suits you. We have taken a bite out of the postage costs, so its £2.50 for first class and £2 for second. We can also arrange drive-by collections during specific hours when the office above the shop is manned. And for those in and around Axminster who are self-isolating we will do our best to deliver free of charge. We will leave your book on your doorstep and ring the bell before retreating to a safe distance. 
Need some advice?
An independent bookshop gives you ingredients you can never get from Amazon. While the temporary shop closure means you will lose the joy of physically browsing and the magical smell of books. But the other big plus you get from a real indie bookshop is the people - in our case Simon, Liz, Rosemary and Victoria. During the crisis, Simon will still be on the end of the shop phone, and if it diverts to a message he will call you back. His passion for books and for finding the ones his customers want remains unabated. Try him for advice on what to read next. Do call him on 01297 33744.
Book club finds a way
We love the way our two book clubs - in Axminster and Colyton - have gelled over the past year. The two groups each have a core of members who thoroughly enjoy getting together on a monthly basis to chew over their selected books. While those gatherings now have to go on pause through the coronavirus crisis, the crew over at Colyton have found a novel way of maintaining their ‘get together’. With effect from their April meeting they are setting up a What’s App group which will allow them to contribute their thoughts remotely. The idea came from club member Suzi Blackett who says: “I will miss the friendly faces and the humour, but we can still share our thoughts - and do so while eating cake at home!”
Coming soon

Over the next few days we are working on a further newsletter with ideas on what you might like to read next. It won’t be extensive but it will hopefully come up with the odd nugget for you. There will be categories for paperback and hardback fiction and non-fiction. And coming close on the heels of that will be some similar suggestions for children and young adults. 
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