Yesterday, I was looking to buy a book. Specifically, The North Downs Way by Colin Saunders. I decided against buying it from amazon because of their love of not paying their share of taxes. Then I looked at it on the Stanfords website and they had a buy-one-get-one-half-price offer, but I couldn’t think of a second book that I might need. Then I thought of Foyles.
Eventually it occurred to me that I could try my local bookstore. But which is my local bookstore? Is it Foyles in Westfield Stratford? Physically, it is Books for Life, but they have primarily religious content. Jambala raises cash for a different religion and I’ve never been able to find anything in there that I want. LXV is also both pretty close but it has never been open when I’ve gone past.
Then I discovered the Broadway Bookshop. I called them but they didn’t have the book in. But they could order it in and call me the next day to confirm that they had got it. So I paid full price but without any p&p. Just under 24 hours later they called to confirm that the book was in store and I braved the rubbish weather to pick it up.
It was just like before the internet. When I was a kid, I used to get books from Hannays but they’re no longer around.