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Annie Quigley, owner

Owner and passionate book-lover, Annie was brought up in a family of parents who were writers, surrounded by family friends who were writers and who herself studied literature and is passionate about all things 'bookish'.

 

She says:

"I am often asked two questions, “What makes a book sell and what are your bestsellers”?

In brief, it is beautifully made art books, conspiracy theories, crime fiction and Signed books which  I love to sell and collect,  so I regularly organise author visits. By genre, it is predominantly non-fiction - art, history, religion, war, humour and erotica.   Not necessarily in that order!

Bibliophile has a vast reservoir of independent book reviews going back 30 years for something like  120,000 titles. With valuable sales figures for each, we can consider re publishing from this rich backlist and knowledge.

I am such a dyed-in-the wool bookseller that maybe then I shall go back to the old tradition of taking orders then printing individual books for my customers. This was what bookseller/printer did 300 years ago before the profession of “publisher” was invented! In fact the prosperous 18th century booksellers were all large copyright owners.

She ends by quoting from one of her favourite books, The Life of Robert Dodsley,  “… for the real money lay in ownership of copyrights, not in the retailing… booksellers were the entrepreneurs who purchased rights from authors, and, binding to others, merchandised and finished the product through advertisement and trade distribution.”

 

 


 

Memberships
Booksellers' Association of Great Britain
The Royal Warrant Holders' Assocation
Windsor, Eton & District Royal Warrant Holders' Assocation
The Groucho Club

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