Bookshops fight back!

One of the nice things about campaigning for a bookshop is that you welcome the success of other bookshops rather than resenting them as competitors. Why? Because alongside the handwringing about Amazon, Kindle, the shrinking book market and bookshops closing down, there are still shops doing well thanks, and even new ones starting, because people want bookshops. Thus even while… Read more →

Press release

Local residents moved a step closer to their dream of opening an independent bookshop this week when Northcote Books Limited was officially registered as a Society for the Benefit of the Community. The bookshop will operate as a not-for-profit cooperative and will raise its start-up  capital by selling community shares. Shareholder membership will be open to all individuals as well as… Read more →

Autumn Update, 17 October 2013

  Yes, we officially exist! We are now registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Society for the Benefit of the Community! In other words, a non profit social enterprise. Thanks to all those who freely helped us with our application, particularly Brian and Bruce from Greenmarque, Chris and Ed our lawyers from Debevoise and Plimpton, and Co-ops UK.… Read more →

Mr B’s Manifesto

At a recent meeting in the South Bank which some of us attended, Nic Bottomly of Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, the award-winning bookshop in Bath, shared his manifesto for success for independent bookshops. Here are his 13 points, which will help guide us in making Northcote Books wonderful when we do finally open. Do let us know if… Read more →

Is this what you really want?

We need to know.  Just a ten question survey.  We are conducting some market research to determine the views of local people, whether they would use a bookshop and community hub in Northcote Road and what our customers would like.  Please fill it in, it is very quick, and will help to make sure that we all get what we… Read more →

Meet authors (and us) at the Fete!

On Sunday 7 July from 1100 to 1700, we will have a gazebo outside the Library in Northcote Road. Come and meet us! But more importantly, also meet some award-winning authors in person! Caroline Lawrence, Samantha Hepburn and Sophia Bennett (who write for children and teenagers), Marion Molteno, Paul Ekins the environmental economist, Richard Lawrence who writes on the Edwardian… Read more →

Help us name the bookshop!

Is Northcote Books the right name for our shop? Maybe it is – or maybe we can do better? Below are some of the names that have been proposed.  We would like to know which name YOU would choose. What do we want from a name?  We want something snappy, memorable, meaningful – a name that reflects our philosophy of… Read more →