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