Exploring Scotland’s bookshops with our new app

  13 Oct '23   |  Posted by: Birlinn

Today is Bookshop Day! We are particularly excited to celebrate Scottish bookshops this year as we have recently launched a brand new app that champions bookshops across the country, called Scotland-by-the-Book. We have been visiting some of our local bookshops recently to spread the word about this exciting new development. Scotland-by-the-Book is a free mobile and web app that includes an interactive map of Scotland, featuring all of our books, as well as the rich variety of bookshops and literary festivals we are lucky enough to have.

We recently went on a road trip from our Edinburgh office to visit some of the bookshops in the Borders and East Lothian. We are so spoiled for excellent bookshops in Edinburgh that it’s easy to overlook the ones slightly further afield, but as we found, it is well worth the effort visiting these fantastic independent bookshops that are at the heart of their local communities.

Atkinson-Pryce is a lovely independent bookshop in Biggar, which was filled with bookish decorations and a fantastic selection of books, including a cosy children’s corner and an enticing cookbook section. They have a great programme of events and were advertising the forthcoming Alistair Moffat event where he will be discussing War Paths on 24th October.

We also visited the much-loved Main Street Trading Company in St Boswells, which combines a stunning bookshop with a deli and homeware shop. If that isn’t enough, the bookshop also includes a lively cafe serving home baking. The bookshop itself is airy and spacious with lovely tiered shelving so you can get a good look at all the books on display! With several awards under its belt since opening in 2008, this shop is a must-see if you are visiting the Borders.

Last but certainly not least, we made a stop at the newest bookshop in the area, Night Owl Books in East Linton. Opening just last year, this bookshop has already made a splash in this lovely coastal region, and while it is small in size, this is a bookshop with a lot of heart. They have a beautifully curated selection of local fiction and non-fiction, as well as a charming children’s room. Night Owl also host events in their shop and using other local venues, and have quickly become an established part of the community.

Make sure to check out the Scotland-by-the-Book app to find our more about your local bookshop, and support businesses this Bookshop Day!

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