Thursday, July 4, 2013

If you must buy books online try Hive....

About us PODStill, sort of, with independent retailer loyalty schemes in mind it's worth pointing out that, in my own business of books, there is a new scheme which is getting a very considerable following which is difficult to find anything wrong with it at all. If there is a catch I have yet to work out what it is. For those of you who insist on buying your books online, and you know who you are, there's a new way to do it and, at the same time, support your local or favourite bookshop. Instead of buying via the well known online book retailer whose name I can no longer bring myself to mention, go to Hive.co.uk and order online. The prices are discounted on thousands of titles and you have the choice of free delivery to your home or the convenience of picking up from your local participating bookshop which then gets a small commission on each sale. It's that simple and can be totally trusted as it was set up and ran by Gardners Books who are the family owned book wholesaler who supply most of the independent bookshops in the South of England and have millions of books listed. In fact Hive.co.uk stock pretty much every book in print and many print on demand titles can be ordered also. You can also order e-books, DVDs, stationary and music on the site. It's a far better experience still to actually go along and browse the books on the shelves at you local book store but, if you really must order online at least give us local indies a bite of the cake!

2 comments:

manofkent said...

What next? You will be selling the the GoTab device with the with Hive Reader app and making the distributer and owner of Hive.co.uk rich in the process. But you will just have to live on the 1% or 2% commission.
Why not go the whole hog and become a www.collectplus.co.uk parcel pick up point and watch you footfall increase.

Outraged said...

I had not heard of that site and hope people use it. Even better if we avoid using those "unmentionable" online retailers all together, they are milking this country of our due taxes, maybe they will get the message! Though its unlikely I fear all the while the bankrupt and equally sponging Irish Republic banking system is hand in glove with them! Nothing purchased via the " unmentionable" web sites is cheaper, for every quid apparently saved by us consumers, will add 40p to be deducted from our pay via higher taxes.