Wednesday, 14 December 2011

** Event ** Book Signing - Tam Dalyell

Apologies! It's been a while since this blog was updated, but we're still here, still doing well, and busy, busy, busy in these last few weeks before Christmas! ...And we have exciting news to restart the blog with!

We've just had it confirmed that this Saturday (17th December) we will be hosting a book signing with Tam Dalyell here in the shop! From 11.30am - 12.30pm, Tam will be here signing copies of his autobiography 'The Importance of Being Awkward'. It's proved a popular seller these last few months and as well as being an excellent read in itself, a signed copy would make an very welcome Christmas present! Please join us on Saturday for the signing, and be sure to tell your friends! (If you'd like to reserve your copy to be signed on the day, just get in touch and we'll put one aside for you. If you are not able to make it to the signing please just let us know and we can have a copy signed on your behalf which you can collect later.)

Monday, 4 July 2011

Independents' Day

Happy Independence Day to our American friends and followers... and Happy Independents’ Day to everyone in the UK! Yes, this year 4th July is Independents’ Day, a day when everyone is encouraged to buy at least one item from a local independent retailer and celebrate diversity on the high street. Supported by trade bodies such as the Booksellers Association, as well as local, national and trade press, we hope it will be a great success!

The day is also set to highlight the skills great independent retailers have and to show the public that their local shopkeeper is not only a vital service, but someone who wears many hats; the accountant, sales assistant, buyer, and everything in-between... but that's something you may already know if you've ever innocently wandered in to the shop looking for a book and found me sweeping the floor, printing out posters, rearranging bookshelves, writing enewsletters, ordering stock, fixing broken fittings or hunched over a computer attempting to do my taxes!

Being independent is important to us here we're already members of the Bookseller's Association's IndieBound scheme, and we stock books by many independent publishers too. We hope that Independents' Day will help raise awareness of the importance of independent retailers from all sectors on the high street.

Did you know that by shopping at independent retailers (not just today, but every other day too), as well as getting some great products for your hard earned cash, you can get a warm fuzzy feeling? Use your local independents and here's what you're really doing:

1. You're keeping money in the local economy (Based on US research, we know that for every £100 spent in a local business, £68 is likely to stay in the community, versus £43 when spent in a national business.)

2.You're embracing what makes us unique (You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in Britain. So why would you want your community to look that way?)

3. You're creating local jobs (Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for local people.)

4. You're helping the environment (Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.)

5. You're nurturing your community (We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.)

6. You're helping keep the high street healthy (Supporting local business means more colour and variety on the high street and creates more reason for local authorities to support them.)

7. You're creating more choice (We pick the items we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market.)

8.You're taking advantage of our expertise (You are our friends and neighbours, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?)

9. You're investing in entrepreneurship (Creativity and entrepreneurship are crucial to our economy. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.)

10.You're making us a destination (The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbours, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

...so, once again a great big THANK YOU to all our customers who keep us, the other local stores, and the community alive!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Hopes & Fears by Justine Riccomini

We're very pleased to let you know we are now stocking 'Hopes & Fears' - a CD by Justine Riccomini in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Bo'nessian Justine has already raised a staggering £6000 in recent years by singing in concerts and organising events (you may have heard her sing at last years Victorian Street Fair, or at the very popular ABBA concert a few years ago!), and her fundraising efforts culminated in a sponsored trek through the Peruvian Andes in 2009. She has now recorded this wonderful CD in order to raise more money for Marie Curie Cancer Care in tribute to her Mum.

In 'Hopes & Fears' she sings 10 much loved classics including 'Londonderry Air' and 'Rusalka's Song to the Moon' (on both of which she sings with Bo'ness and Carriden Brass Band), as well as 'Ave Maria', 'Amazing Grace', and 'O Mio Babbino Caro' to name just a few. Justine hopes to raise a further £10,000 from sales of this CD. 'Hopes & Fears' is priced £9.99 and 100% of sale proceeds go straight to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Please support Justine's amazing fundraising efforts!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Fair Day Cards

As I'm sure you all know, 'The Best Day of the Year', Bo'ness Children's Fair Day, is on Friday, June 24th this year, and we're pleased to announce that our fair day cards are back in stock now... and this year we've increased the selection!

As before, we have handmade cards for almost all the roles in the fair - if you can't find one for your child's role then just let us know, we can have one made in just a few days at no extra cost. And we're currently working on handmade cards for the schools' presentees too, and these should be available in store early next week. Both these types of handmade cards can be personalised with the child's name and/or a special message inside the card!

AND new for this year, we now have a small selection of printed Fair Day cards. These look fantastic, and are a great way to pass on your good wishes (unfortunately these printed cards cannot be personalised). But hurry, the printed cards are only available in limited quantities for this year's fair - once a design is sold out, we can't guarantee to have more available in time for the fair so make sure you get yours in time!

We're really pleased to have increased our offering of Fair cards, so that now we should have something for everyone! We even have money wallet gift cards available for those giving cash as a gift. So next time you pop into the shop, make sure to have a look at our Fair Day card selection, and get yours organised early!

Friday, 29 April 2011

Neville's Island

The Barony Players new production of 'Neville's Island' begins its run this week. The Barony always do a fantastic job, and the play, written by Tim Firth, (who also wrote the smash hit comedies Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, and The Flint Street Nativity) is sure to be a success!

Described as 'a comedy in thick fog', the play centers on team build weekend at Pennine Spring Water Ltd. Our four heroes are determined to win. As they arrive on an island in the middle of Derwentwater they are sure of success - they are out in front and the other teams are nowhere to be seen! But are Neville’s map reading skills as good as he thinks? And over breakfast, did Angus spot the hidden clues in the instructions that everyone else missed?

The Barony production runs from Tuesday May 3rd - Saturday May 7th at the Barony Theatre in Borrowstoun Road, Bo'ness. The play starts at 7.30pm, and if you are quick, you can still get tickets (priced £8, or £6 for concessions) by calling 01506 827011.  Make sure you book today and don't miss out!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Winner of our final giveaway...

It's time to announce the winner of yesterday's blog giveaway! Again I used a random number generator which picked the winner as... comment number 3, Elizabeth! Your book is here waiting for you - get in touch with us to arrange collection.
Thanks so much to everyone who took part in all our birthday celebrations this last weekend! We've had great fun and are looking forward to next years already!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Our final giveaway...

...for now!

From April 21st - 23rd we're having a whole host of birthday celebrations both online and in the shop. Over on our Facebook page we're giving codes for extra discount and here on the blog we're hosting a giveaway a day! Here is our third and final giveaway, and today it's one for the kids!


Our prize today is a copy of 'Freddie and the Fairy', the latest book by bestselling author of 'The Gruffalo', Julia Donaldson. “Freddie is desperate for a pet, so when he rescues Bessie-Belle and she offers to grant his wishes he knows just what to ask for. The only problem is that Bessie-Belle can't hear very well, and Freddie tends to mumble. Whatever can they do? Luckily the Fairy Queen is on hand to explain”

If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a copy (and remember, if you've entered our giveaways yesterday or Thurdsday, you can still enter again today) here's what to do:

1. Make sure you follow us on Facebook (if you don't already then visit our Facebook page here and 'like' us), then
2. Pop back over here and leave a comment at this post! Simple! (Make sure you leave your name so we can verify your entry!)

As it's the weekend we'll be keeping this one rolling a little longer than the others - You have till 10am on Monday morning to enter this one, and I'll then use a random number generator again to chose a winner. Winners will be announced here and on Facebook shortly afterwards so remember to check back to see if you've won! Time to get commenting... Good luck!

Our second giveaway winner!

It's time to announce the winner of yesterday's blog giveaway! Again I used a random number generator which picked the winner as... comment number 2. Congratulations Alyson! Your book is here waiting for you - get in touch with us to arrange collection. And to everyone else, we've still one last giveaway to do before we pipe down for another year. Our third and final giveaway will be posted later today so remember to check back and enter!

Friday, 22 April 2011

Our second giveaway...

From April 21st - 23rd we're having a whole host of birthday celebrations both online and in the shop. Over on our Facebook page we're giving codes for extra discount and here on the blog we're hosting a giveaway a day! Time for our second giveaway...


We have up for grabs today, a copy of 'Frontier Scots: The Scots who won the West' by Jenni Calder. “From the bagpipes that were heard on the walls of the Alamo, to the Gaelic speaking cowboys and the ubiquitous Highland fiddlers: there is scarcely an episode in American history in which Scots do not appear. Meet the Scots who tamed the Wild West in this vivid historical account of pioneers in 19th century America.”

If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a copy (and remember, if you entered the giveaway yesterday you can still have another try again today!) here's what to do:

1. Make sure you follow us on Facebook (if you don't already then visit our Facebook page here and 'like' us), then
2. Pop back over here and leave a comment at this post! Simple! (Make sure you leave your name so we can verify your entry!)

You have till 10am tomorrow morning (Saturday 23rd April) to enter, and I'll then use a random number generator to choose a winner from the comments received. Winners will be announced here and on Facebook shortly afterwards so remember to check back to see if you've won! Time to get commenting... Good luck!

Our first giveaway winner...

We had a great start to our birthday celebrations yesterday in the shop, and after a slight glitch with the comments here on the blog (sorry!) we had 3 entries online for our first giveaway. To pick a winner, I numbered each one from 1 to 3 and then used a random number generator to choose. I'm pleased to announce that the lucky winner is... comment number 3! Well done Keith, get in touch with us to arrange collection. And a big thank you to everyone else who entered.

Our second giveaway will be posted later today so remember to check back and enter!

Thursday, 21 April 2011

First Blog Giveaway!

Free book anyone? Today, tomorrow and Saturday we're having a whole host of birthday celebrations both online and in the shop. Over on our Facebook page we're giving codes for extra discount and here on the blog we're hosting a giveaway a day! Here is our first!

We have up for grabs today, a copy of 'Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' by David Mitchell. “Be transported to a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th-century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart.”

If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning a copy here's what to do:

1. Make sure you follow us on Facebook (if you don't already then visit our Facebook page and 'like' us), then
2. Leave a comment at this post! Simple!

You have till 10am tomorrow morning (Friday 22nd April) to enter, and I'll then use a random number generator to choose a winner from the comments received. Winners will be announced here and on Facebook shortly afterwards, so remember to check back to see if you've won! Time to get commenting... Good Luck!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday!

If you are a follower over at our Facebook page then you'll know that this week is our shop's 3rd birthday! On April 19th 2008 we opened our doors for the first time, and haven't looked back! We've had our ups and downs; from winning awards to minor floods! We've received some lovely compliments, and are proud to still be in business in such a challenging economic climate. The last three years have been an absolute blast, and to say thank you for all your custom and support we've three full days of discounts, competitions and offers planned for later this week, both online and in store! Here on the blog we'll be hosting some book giveaways, so make sure you 'like' our Facebook page to be kept up to date on when everything is happening, and to be in with a chance of winning!


Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Mother's Day

We love decorating our themed windows every few weeks - it's really very satisfying to be able to bring together books from all over the shop under one main theme. We get to showcase books you might not otherwise have noticed... and it's also great fun! So last Sunday when we were found out we were joint winners of the Hippodrome's Silent Film Festival window display competition along with Pebbles Jewellery you can imagine we were over the moon!

Flushed with success we've now switched everything over to a new theme - this time it's Mother's Day (which is fast approaching - April 3rd this year!) So whether you want to show your Mum how great she is by making her a card, baking her some sweet treats, or spoiling her with a wonderful fiction book she can lose herself in, we've just the book for you!

We've posted pictures here, but our themed windows are always much better in real life, so stop by and have a look for yourself, and pick up some great gift ideas too!


Friday, 18 March 2011

Shhh...

This weekend is sees Scotland's first ever Silent Film Festival take place at the Hippodrome in Bo'ness! It's sure to be a great event and we've created a themed window highlighting some particularly fitting books for the occasion! Maybe you'd like a book that gives a thorough introduction to silent film or perhaps you've always wanted to read Charlie Chaplin's autobiography... or maybe you'd like to brush up on your screenwriting techniques, or perhaps learn more about music in the movies? Either way we have the book for you! If you're in town over the weekend for the festival, pop in and have a browse when you're passing. We'd love to see you!

Monday, 28 February 2011

World Book Day 2011!

March 3rd is World Book Day and as part of the celebrations, £1 book tokens are distributed free to thousands of children up and down the country. This year, these tokens are valid from today (February 28th) right through to 27th March 2011. They can be exchanged for one of the specially produced World Book Day flip books, or alternatively can be redeemed for £1 off the purchase of a book or audio book worth £2.99 or more. Of course we've the full range of World Book Day flip books in stock again this year, so once your child gets their voucher, bring them along to make their selection!


Monday, 7 February 2011

Valentine's Day

Unbelievably, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Are you organised yet? Have you decided on a gift? Bought a card? No? Well, before you decide to part with your pennies it might be worthwhile remembering that books are longer lasting than flowers, cheaper than jewellery, and a little bit better for you than chocolates too! So why not try a volume of love poems, a romantic novel or something a little different this year. We've some lovely pink and red handmade beaded bookmarks that would be perfect for that little 'something extra' last minute present.

Also, from today on our Facebook page we'll be running a Valentine's Day countdown with a new present idea each day. So if you're the type who needs reminders, then this is a pretty perfect solution! Click here to be taken directly to the page.

... and then there's cards - did somebody mention cards? Why yes! We've Valentine's Day cards too! And we're open all day (as usual) from 9.30am to 5pm on Valentine's Day itself for those of you who (lets face it, like me) run a little late for these things sometimes. We hope you have a lovely day!
 

Friday, 4 February 2011

Paperblanks Notebooks and Address Books

We mentioned in January that we'd be building up our stationery section more this year, and we've started off with a bang! The section has gone from one little shelf back in the early days to pretty much jam-packing an entire book case now. In the last few weeks we've taken delivery of a whole pile of bookmarks, book plates, book lights, pens, pencils, magnifiers and more. What about notebooks, you ask? Yes! We've everything from basic lined Pukka Pads in A4 and A5 sizes through to travel journals, birthday books, kitchen notes, gift stationery, and handmade notebooks too.

AND due to the incredible popularity of the Paperblank Diaries we sell over Christmas each year, we've decided to stock Paperblanks notebooks and address books all year round too! We took delivery of the first selection this week, and there's more to come in time. So next time you are passing, pop in and see all our new stationery!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Childrens Books & Stationery...

Everyone loves kids books - from classics like The Hungry Caterpillar and Famous Five to newer stories about Aliens in Underpants, Wimpy Kids, and the adventures of Madame Pamplemousse. It's no surprise then that our children's book section has proved very popular since we opened, and we love hearing kids' excitement when they find a new book, or the next in their favourite series.

In 2010 we thought about expanding the offerings we had for children and decided to test the waters with a few kids stationery items; pencils, pens, bookmarks etc. and were pleased to find they've been just as popular! So in 2011 we're extending this further still and by the end of the year we intend to have a dedicated kids stationery section. We've already brought in a few more fab items and intend to build this up more over the year. And to make sure everyone's happy, we're keeping plenty of stock available at pocket money prices so the kids can afford their own treats!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Burns Night...

With the closing verses of "Auld Lang Syne" still ringing in our ears from New Year, it's once again time to celebrate the life and work of it's author. Yes, January 25th is Burns Night, and whether you're reciting 'Tam O' Shanter' in a school poetry competition, off to attend a Burns Supper, or just want to know more about the man and his life, we've just the book in stock...



Saturday, 15 January 2011

We're now on Facebook!



Well as you know we're all about books... all kinds of books. So after a few little nudges from here and there, we thought it about time we set our sights on the one book we've not paid much attention to until now - Facebook!

We've taken the plunge and set up a page there where we can keep our followers up to date with new books as they arrive, news about the shop and much more. If you're already on Facebook it's easy to find us - simply click here to go directly to the page, or when you're logged in simply search for Inkspot & Silverleaf Booksellers. Then 'Like' our page to become a follower and you'll be kept right up to date!

It's a new project that we're still tinkering with so please do bear with us whilst we get in to the swing of things, and of course if there's anything you'd like to see us try there, just give us a shout!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Truly Independent (again!)

Well last year The Independent included us in their 'Britain's 50 Best Bookshops' list, and we were really chuffed! We've now got 2011 off to a flying start as we've been featured in The Independent again, this time with our Top 10 recommendations in their 'Hit List' (we love being featured in the national press!)

Click the picture below for a slightly larger version...


Saturday, 8 January 2011

We're having a little sale...

... we're only a little shop, so it's just a little sale (not one of those massive, garish, chaotic sales you see shouting at you from your telly), but we like to think it's perfectly formed. There are books from all sections in it and we've a variety of offers on:

* We've selected kids books available in '3 for 2' deals
* We've some great paperback fiction in 'buy 1 get one half price' offers, and
* We've up to 20% off many other hardback fiction, and selected non-fiction books too!

Everything involved has a lovely, tasteful little red sticker on it so you know exactly what the deal is, and although we're a busy little shop it's still highly unlikely that someone will elbow you out of the way to get to the books in here... It's altogether much more civilised sales shopping!

So nope, it's not a big sale, but it's not half bad either, and we promise not to shout our offers at you from your telly!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Happy New Year!

We'd just like to start 2011 by saying 'Happy New Year!' to all our blog readers and followers. We hope you had a lovely time over the festive period and your transition back to 'normal' life hasn't been too traumatic!

Here we've been busy... we've re-discovered the floor (buried under several tonnes of grit and salt in the last few shopping days before Christmas), rearranged, re-stocked, and re-jigged a few shelves too! We've taken in deliveries, drawn up lists, made a plan or two and are now well and truly ready to take on 2011!

We hope to see you in the shop soon!