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Bookshop Day

Dive into a universe of stories on Bookshop Day! Support local shops and explore new worlds, one page at a time.
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Get ready to turn the page for a new adventure as we celebrate Bookshop Day on October 5! Bookshop Day is an annual event created to highlight and support the incredible contribution local independent bookshops make to our communities. Born in the charming cobblestoned streets of England in 2016, this special day has now swept across the globe, uniting bookworms in their love for a good story and a snug bookshop corner. Dive into a universe of stories on Bookshop Day! Participate by stretching out that bookmark, supporting local shops, and transporting yourself into new worlds, one page at a time. It's a day filled with exploration, imagination, and most importantly, books.

History of Bookshop Day

Bookshop Day Dates

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Bookstores</div><div class='timeline-text'>Throughout the 19th century, the bookstore industry expanded rapidly in England, laying the foundation for local bookshops.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1901</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Bookshop Campaign</div><div class='timeline-text'>In an effort to boost book sales, industry leaders in Britain launched a public campaign celebrating local bookstores - a precursor to modern promotional events.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1995</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Internet Book Sales Emerge</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the rise of internet-based companies like Amazon, bookstores faced a new type of competition, making supporting local shops more important than ever.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Bookshop Day in England</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday was first celebrated in England to promote support for independent and local bookshops amidst increasing pressure from online sellers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Expansion to International Markets</div><div class='timeline-text'>Bookshop Day spread from England to other countries, becoming an international event celebrated by book lovers around the world.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Bookshop Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Participate in a bookshop crawl</h3><p class='facts-text'>Elevate your local bookshop visits by organizing or joining a bookshop crawl. This is a fun way to explore various independent bookshops in your city while also supporting them.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Attend book readings and signings</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many local bookshops host author readings and book signings. Check out the schedule at your favourite bookshops to see what events are happening on Bookshop Day.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a book club meeting at a local bookshop</h3><p class='facts-text'>Take your next book club meeting to a local independent bookshop. It's a different way to engage with literature, and your purchases will directly support the shop.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate to a literacy charity</h3><p class='facts-text'>In the spirit of Bookshop Day, consider making a donation to a literacy charity. A love for reading starts with access to books, and your donation can help make this possible for more people.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Support bookshops online</h3><p class='facts-text'>If you can't be there in person, you can still support your local bookshop online. Many independent bookshops have online stores so you can browse and buy your next read without leaving home.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Bookshop Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Supporting local businesses</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Bookshop Day is a way for us to show our support to local, independent bookshops. At a time when large online retailers often dominate the book market, it's crucial to keep these local outlets afloat. They greatly contribute to our communities and provide a unique book-shopping experience.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Encourages Reading and Literacy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Bookshop Day encourages reading, literacy, and learning. Whether you’re an avid reader, a student looking for resources, or a parent wanting to ignite a love of reading in your children, Bookshop Day reinforces the importance and joy of reading.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The joy of sharing and discovering stories</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The celebration of Bookshop Day reignites our love for discovering new stories and sharing them with others. It’s a beautiful way to recognize that books are not just about solitary reading, but also about coming together and connecting over shared stories and a mutual love for literature.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts for Bookshop Day Celebrations

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bookshops Carry Over 130 Million Different Titles</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to UNESCO, there are over 130 million different books in the world. An average-sized bookshop typically carries thousands of different titles for you to discover.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Some of The Oldest Bookshops Are Over 300 Years Old</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Bertrand Bookstore in Lisbon, Portugal, established in 1732, is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest operating bookshop in the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Independent Bookshops Have Outlasted Many Big Retail Chains</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are over 2,400 independent bookshops in the UK and US combined. They have often prevailed where larger chain stores have shut down, demonstrating the community's love for their personal touch.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Physical Books Are Still Preferred Over E-Books</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite advancements in technology, a majority of readers still prefer physical books. A recent survey showed that roughly 65% of Americans read a print book in the past year, compared to only 25% who read an e-book.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bookshops Offer More Than Just Books</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many independent bookshops also offer a range of services such as reading groups, author signings, storytelling hours for children, and even literary-themed cafe services, enhancing the overall literary experience.</p></div></div>

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