An Inside Look at Bristol’s Flourishing Independent Bookshops – A Summary


In the news article published on Bristol Post, the author, Sarah Turnnidge, explores the significant growth the print industry has had, and how this has inspired the opening of new bookshops in Bristol. She said that the media never really gave the industry a chance with the advent of digital reading, but recent developments show that sales of physical books remain profitable.

This has led to the opening of two new bookshops in Bristol–a city that is known to give support to independent businesses. This new development has taken shape in less than two months.

Jessica Paul and Sam Taylor, a couple, took the initiative to start a bookstore following their move to Henleaze, Bristol. They set up a shop at a location that was recently vacated by Durdham Down Bookshop. Max Minerva, their own bookshop, officially opened its doors to the community on Sept. 15, thus becoming the city’s only independent bookshop. Books on sale include: fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. So far, the author reports that they have had a warm welcome.

The author further hints on the opening of yet another independent bookshop on Oct. 27 called Storysmith Books. The new addition will be located on North Street, Bedminster. The owner, Emily Ross, has about 10 years of experience in children’s publishing, but this is her first time participating in the marketing aspect of the business. Again, the community support for the soon-to-open bookshop has been encouraging.

According to the author, both businesses are unanimous on the need to go beyond selling books to curating events that directly impact the lives of the people in the community. Such events include: author talks, children’s readings and so on.  Emily, the owner of Storysmith Books, plans to serve coffee so as to ensure the shop is more accommodating and comfortable enough for people to stay longer.

In closing, the writer expresses (in the words of Jessica, co-owner of Max Minerva) the one thing that makes physical books/independent businesses appealing to the people of Bristol – the community interaction and relationship. Digital alternatives, apparently, don’t offer as much.

Author: Zoe Turnbull


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