Christmas Shopping: Supporting Independent Bookshops

Posted November 21, 2015

It’s that time of year again – Christmas shopping. If you’re anything like me you like to buy books as gifts. The thing is that I am housebound so I can’t get out to do my shopping in independent bookshops and, naturally, I want to support them as much as possible. Well this year I’ve made a new discovery, and to be honest I can’t believe it’s taken me so long. It’s a website called hive.co.uk. (Note – this isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to share.)

hive logo

Hive.co.uk is an online bookstore that supports your local high street. Basically do your book shopping on the hive website, choose whether to have your order delivered or to pick it up in your local bookshop, and then choose a local independent bookshop you’d like to support with your purchase!

Personally I think it’s a fantastic concept, and a great way to support independent booksellers if you can’t visit their stores. What’s more, their stock is well-priced AND you can get cashback through Topcashback (8.92% cashback ends tomorrow)! Oh and they have signed books available to purchase (here) – I do LOVE a signed book as a gift, don’t you?

There’s more though. Hive have a partnership with Bookindy. Bookindy is a fantastic browser plugin that runs in the background. Say, for example, you are browsing Amazon for a particular book, Bookindy will pop up to remind you to support your local independent store. It’ll tell you your nearest indy store, the distance to it, how much the book costs and it’ll also give you the option to buy it online through hive. Pretty cool eh? Amy over at The Literature Life has a great post about Bookindy, so if you want more information about it be sure to check out her post.

I can’t believe I only found out about hive.co.uk this year – they’ve been around since 2011. However, I’m so glad I have discovered them. Together with the Bookindy plugin, I now have no excuse for not supporting independent bookstores… plus they offer FREE UK delivery! Yay!

Do you know of any other websites that offer a similar service? I’d love to hear about them.

As always, this isn’t a sponsored post, nor are there any affiliate links.

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