Take time to read some good books, and it will help to support good independent authors and bookshops, and also give you something better to read. Most chain bookstores like WH Smith only sell the top-sellers, and you likely won’t find the real gems that you would in a good independent bookstore.
Unless you are a celebrity book author, most independent writers earn very little, so by choosing to support good authors who write for the love of writing, we are helping to foster more creatives. Poets earn a pittance.
- Visit your independent bookstore. Most are run for love over money, owners recommend favourite reads.
- Visit Love Reading to find reviews of good books in all genres, and author interviews. It also Love Read 4 Kids and Love Reading 4 Schools.
- Support upcoming talented authors, at Unbound. They pitch ideas to the site and if the company thinks the idea is any good, you can contribute to crowdfunding to see their book published. Funders get little rewards in return, like first edition signed copies.
- Read books shortlisted for the Rubery Book Awards. This is like the Booker Prize but for small independent publishers. This international award has reputable judges to encourage creative writing by self-published and indie presses.
- Mr Finchley Discovers His England is a charming book from the 1930s, now re-published. Mr Edgar Finchley is an unmarried clerk, age 45, who is told to take a holiday for the first time in his life. He decides to go to the seaside. But fate has other plans in store. Victor Canning was one of England’s most successful authors in the 1950s, although many of today’s authors, he kept himself to himself, and rarely gave interviews. He was known to say in some of his novels that England was a place where ‘you could always call a policeman’.
- Book Nerd is a beautifully illustrated celebration of book nerds. Who belongs to more than one library, has a minimum of 5 books by the bed and uses words like bibliotaph (a person who hides or hoards books), tsundonku (a Japanese word for the phenomenon of buying lots of books, but never getting round to reading them) and librocubicularist (a person who reads in bed). She’s never once thought ‘the movie was better’.