Most of us are guilty of buying books online from corporate giants like Amazon and this is the main reason why even the larger book shops such as Borders have shut. So imagine how hard it is for the small independent book shops to compete in such an unfair market!
City Books on the Western Road are a lovely little book shop and in my view a proper book shop that don’t use the product placement tactics that the larger shops use to make you buy more books than you wanted! Their shop spread over two floors and filled with a brilliant range of books, including an extensive selection of books of local interest. City Books also organise regular literary evenings, which are held at the Old Market just down the road from the shop and guest speakers have included John Simpson, the hilarious Vic Reeves and Brightons local and well known musician Nick Cave. The shop has also been shortlisted twice for the ‘Independent Bookshop of the Year Award’, so make a beeline for the Brighton and Hove boundary and visit this bookshop.
OK the internet stores may offer books at a slightly cheaper price, but the service and ability to touch, feel and read the books surely outweighs the extra few pence. Go on, go on, support a quality local shop!