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Joining the Hive - support an indie bookshop!

For some time we've been aware that not everyone loves Amazon, and so decided to experiment with offering a link to an independent bookshop as well.

Back in November 2019 we started offering links to the UK bookseller Foyles. Over 100 of you have clicked through to Foyles - but no one has bought a book from them. We're taking this as a hint that Foyles isn't working as a solution to the problem, so we're switching our 'alternative' buying option to the UK online bookseller Hive.

The clever thing about Hive is that you select an independent bookshop of your choice and a percentage of the sale goes to them. So you're getting the benefits of buying online, but also keeping a real bookshop alive. This is clearly particularly useful during the COVID-19 crisis, when bookshops aren't open. And, unlike some online stores, Hive is still taking new book stock, so is able to fufil your requirements (though at the time of writing they are limiting orders to 1 book at a time).

Many shoppers are very happy with Amazon - we have no intention of abandoning them. But we want to give you the choice.

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