Books in the time of Covid-19 or how to buy books during the lock down

Not as catchy as Love in the Time of Cholera I know but the aim of this post is to share details of independent bookshops and publishers who are still selling books via their website or telephone. The days were we can leisurely browse for an hour or three may be temporarily halted but that doesn’t mean we can’t still support our local bookshops and lose ourselves in fictionalised worlds. Books offer comfort for the lonely or for those surrounded by family. They can console, celebrate, uplift and enlighten, and during the current crisis the world finds itself in, this is even more important than ever.

Whilst it is tempting to use Amazon for many reasons, if you can afford to I would heartily recommend using an independent bookshop, especially at this crucial time. Many may not survive the lockdowns currently taking place and when we emerge, bleary-eyed from self-isolation, the world will be slightly sadder for their absence.

Hopefully you will have an independent bookshop local to you but if not many will post country wide (and sometimes even world wide). Independent bookshops are run by people passionate about books and who have an untapped mine of recommendations and information. Even if you can’t browse I’m in no doubt you’ll be able to discover new book treasure.

Sam Read Booksellers, Grassmere can take orders on Twitter @SReadBooks, email – or telephone 01539 435374.

Read Holmfirth via email

Any Amount of Books, London – online at

Kenilworth Books via DM on Twitter @KenilworthBook or by telephone on 01926855784.

West End Lane Books, London via email

Warwick Books by telephone on 01926 499939.

Ironbridge Bookshop can take orders via their social media page on Facebook or Twitter @ironbridgebooks.

The Barrister’s Book Chamber, Matlock – via Etsy (BBookChamber) or DM on Twitter @BBookChamber.

Bert’s Books – online at

Button & Bear Bookshop, Shrewsbury – online at

Round Table Books CIC, Brixton – online at or via Twitter DM @BooksRound.

The Barrister in Wonderland, Retford – email at  (they are currently offering 20% off any reading list books).

Swan Books, Upminster online at

The Book Nook, Hove – online at or email

Crediton Community Bookshop – online at, email –, telephone – 01363 774740 or via Twitter DM @Credbooks.

Oldfield Park Bookshop – via telephone on 01225 427722 and are offering to deliver medicine and food as well as books. have lots of stock for 5 to 12 year olds and are happy to make recommendations.

Petersfield Bookshop – via

Ebb & Flo Bookshop, Chorley – email

Dulwich Books by telephone on 0208 6701920 or email with free local doorstep delivery.

BrOOK’s Pinner – via

Pengwern Books, Shrewsbury via telephone 01743 232236 or email

The New Bookshop via email

Mr B’s Emporium, Bath online via

The Portobello Bookshop – via telephone 0131 629 6756 or online at

All Good Bookshop online at and offering free delivery in Haringey.

Beyond Books via, with free delivery in the Liverpool area.

Goldsboro Books, London – online at

Malvern Book Coop  – via telephone 01684 564788 and online via

Ledbury Books at ledburybooksandmaps  with free local delivery.

A Bundle of Books by telephone 01227 373802 or email

Chicken and Frog, Brentwood – email

The Little Bookshop, Leeds via email with free delivery on all orders.

Steyning Bookshop via email or telephone 01903 812062.

Max Minerva’s Marvellous Books & More, Bristol online at, email or telephone 07498 538858.

The Story Emporium online at

Treasurechest Books online via

Blackwell Books online at

Fox Lane Books  online at

Westwood Books, Sedburgh – online via

Tombland Bookshop, Norwich – online at

Books on the Hill St Albans – online at

Pickled Pepper Books, London – online at

Linghams Booksellers, Wirral – online at

Blue Bear Bookshop – via telephone 01252 821269  or Twitter @BBbookshop.

P&G Wells, Winchester – online at

Newham bookshop in East London or ring 0208. 552 9993.

You can also visit who has an interactive map of bookshops across the UK currently taking orders.

If you don’t know where your nearest independent bookseller is you can visit the Booksellers Association to find out.


No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast – online at

OMahonys Booksellers, Limerick  – online at

Gutter Bookshop, Dalkey, Dublin – online at

Barker and Jones, Waterford – online at

Maynooth Bookshop, Kildare – online at or by phone on 016286702 with free delivery when you spend 50 euros.woodb

The, Co. Tipperary for secondhand (and some new books) – online  at, email Free delivery on orders over 20 euros.

Tertulia Books, Westport – email or telephone 085 862 0158 or 087 9091193.

Dubray Books – online via

Woodbine Books, Kildare – Online at, email or telephone 045 482 777

Raven Books, Blackrock via Twitter @ravenbooks, email at, telephone – (01)2789509 or by text on 0863390231.

Kennys Bookshop – online at (with free world wide delivery).

Dingle Bookshop, Co. Derry – email or call 066 9152433.

Vibes and Scribes  – online at, email or telephone 0214279535.


Kids Ink Bookstore – Illinois USA via telephone 317-255-2598

Publishers who are currently selling direct.

The Lilliput Press – online at

Tiny Tree Books – online at

Little Toller – online at

Inspired Quill – online at

Elsewhen Press – online at

Pathenaeum Books – online at (they offer free books for schools and disadvantaged children).

This list will be constantly updating and hopefully expanding as I come across  more shops serving remotely. I’m also hoping to expand further than the UK and Ireland so if you have a favourite book shop anywhere in the world do let me know. And happy shopping and stay safe.

*I have not received any payment of discount for including any book shop or publisher on this list. The list is purely to help people still obtain books through this extraordinary situation the world finds itself in at present.*

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful thing to do Janet – thank you! Books are definitely the things to keep us sane right now and we must support the smaller businesses!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. janetemson says:

      Thank you. Hopefully it will help shoppers and shops to a little bit of normal at the moment.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. janetemson says:

      Thank you 🙂


  2. This is great Janet! Could I suggest adding No Alibis Bookstore in Belfast, who need loads of support right now and who are a brilliant bunch of people – like most booksellers to be fair!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Cathy, I’ve added them 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I’m going to place another order today!!


  3. Great post Janet – its more important than ever now to support small independent businesses.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. janetemson says:

      I agree, hopefully they can stay afloat until the world rights itself.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. You’re a complete star!


  5. Haven’t seen a postie for days, I don’t think its possible anymore here.


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