Edinburgh’s independent bookshop named the best in Scotland

The Edinburgh Bookshop, located on Bruntsfield Place, has been voted the best independent bookshop in Scotland.

The Edinburgh bookshop, located on Bruntsfield Place, has won the prestigious award four times, adding to its 2014 trophy for children’s bookseller of the year.

The capital bookshop’s latest accolade has arrived as the British Book Awards revealed the regional and national winners of the 2022 Independent Bookseller of the Year award on Wednesday.

Winning the regional category means the Edinburgh bookshop is now shortlisted for the Independent Bookseller of the Year award across the UK and Ireland, with the big winner announced at the British Book Awards on 23rd May, to be held in London.

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Marie Moser, owner of The Edinburgh Bookshop, was delighted to hear the news of yet another award.

Speaking to the Evening News, she said: “We are delighted, especially as this is our fourth win in 10 years.

“The Scottish independent bookshop market is booming at the moment. There are many independent bookshops in Edinburgh alone, so it’s a real honor to be chosen as the best.

“My team is amazing, they’re really good at what they do, and we try to put the community at the heart of every decision we make.

“During lockdown, people were remarkable – they really were. From the moment we went click-and-collect, our customers were right there with us – and we can’t thank them enough.

“Yes, we worked very hard to deliver it, but first you have to have an audience.

“I think that’s true for many independent bookstores, the customers have been amazing and they’ve stayed loyal.”

Sponsored by Gardners and supported by the Booksellers Association, the award recognizes nine inspiring bookstores, selected from a shortlist of 63 finalists, who have continued to support their local communities over the past two eventful years.

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Tom Tivnan, Editor of The Bookseller, said: “It was without a doubt the most competitive year we have ever had for Independent Bookseller of the Year, and these nine stores should be justifiably proud of it. ‘to have claimed their regional and national crowns while their Indian colleagues have also flourished.’

“While there are different models here, from long-standing family stores to a community-run nonprofit, the common thread is constant innovation and unwavering support for local communities.

“It may be counter-intuitive to say, but we may be in the golden age of independent bookstores.

“The last 10 or 15 years have been the most trying for freelancers as they battled online competition, deep supermarket discounts, rising retail prices and, of course, recently, a global pandemic.

“But they have risen to the challenges; independents are booming and the number of stores is growing.

“Maybe it’s because they combine the old with the new: this almost unique insider knowledge and deep love of books that they can pass on to readers, as well as a digital savvy as freelancers use everything from crowdfunding to TikTok to reaching customers and improving their businesses.”

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