Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Independent Booksellers' Book Prize

The deadline for voting for the Independent Bookseller's Book Prize (and for being entered into the draw to win all 22 shortlisted books!) is 30th August. That's pretty soon! Make sure you return your completed forms in time! If you don't know anything about this yet then here's some info...

Once again this year we took part in Independent Bookseller's Week in June. As part of that, our lovely customers (that's you!) are able to vote for your favourite book from a shortlist of 22 brilliant titles, compiled by independent booksellers across the country. All you have to do is complete the entry form and pop it back in our stylish competition entry box, and not only will your vote be counted in the ballot for the nation's favourite books, but you could also be in with a chance of winning the full set of 22 shortlisted titles!

Entry forms have been going out in bags since June, but we have more in the shop if you'd like to pick one up next time you're passing. Just make sure to bring it back to us by the deadline of August 30th 2010 to have your vote counted and be in with a winning chance! Best of luck!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Well, it's that time of year again! Yes, it's August and so just a few short miles along the road Edinburgh's festivals are in full swing! This year the Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 14th to 30th of August and has again attracted some stellar authors. If you'd like a jaunt along then remember to pop into the shop first to pick up your copy of the Book Festival Programme and find out more about who's appearing and when. You can also pick up books from some of the authors who'll be there too of course! (We've highlighted a few of them in our theme window this week...)

And if you've not booked your tickets yet then don't panic! There are still some available for a number of events but it's probably best to be quick! More information on tickets and events can be found on the Book Festival website here. Have fun at the festival!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Back to School...

Already! It might seem like the kids have just broken up for summer (or perhaps it seems like a lifetime ago...) but either way it's almost time for them to go back.

If your little darling is starting school or nursery, or your not-so-little one is off to college or university soon then we have a great selection of books, gifts and stationery for them in the shop. We've notebooks and pens, dictionaries, 'First Numbers' and 'First Words' books, bookmarks, homework helpers and a whole lot more. If you're passing the shop you'll see lots of them highlighted in our 'Back to School' window.

Of course, we can order in textbooks too, and will do our best to make sure you have everything on your university reading lists in time for the start of term - if it's available, we'll get it for you!

...And new for this year, National Book Tokens have recently launched the Student Book Card. It's a simple two part gift card that allows parents to add value on one card and students to buy textbooks with the other! We have the gift cards available to buy here, and we can also top up any existing cards (whether Student Cards or ordinary Gift Cards), and of course you can use any of the paper National Book Tokens or the newer Gift Cards to pay for your purchases here too.

Back to school made simple!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Enewsletters are back!

Hurrah! Our enewsletters are back up and running again!

It's certainly been a while since we last emailed everyone. When the shop opened at first, we sent enewsletters steadily each month, but it wasn't long before we realised that our creaky old systems weren't coping very well with the formats, so we took a break to work out a better way of doing things. A few months later and we're now (hopefully!) back on track! We still have a great mix of news, competitions, great books and more, and in the first enewsletter in a long time (sent out yesterday), we had a lot to say! We talked about some great new books, the brilliant new IndieBound initiative, some of the things we've been up to in the shop recently, the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize (and competition!), useful 'Back to School' info and a whole lot more!

If you missed out on the first enewsletter then click here to sign up for it on our website. We'll send you a copy asap and add you to the mailing list for future enewsletters!