EIBF promotes booksellers' lockdown innovations

News - Bookselling Monday, 29th June 2020

Federation emphasises booksellers' 'vital role'

The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) has posted online various soundcloud and video interviews in which booksellers outline (in English) some of their initiatives during lockdown.

The interviews include:

Nic Bottomley of Mr B's in Bath explains how the pandemic will accelerate the adoption of green initiatives through the book industry

Trish Hennessy, owner of the Halfway up the Stairs children's bookshop in Ireland, discusses how the shop launched a book recommendation and country-wide shipping service to connect grandparents with their grandchildren

Romanian booksellers Oana Doboși and Raluca Selejan explain how they decided to build their online store around the idea of travelling with books

Flore Gautron, owner of the Florilège Librairie in France, explains how a board game helped her customers see a funny side to hygiene regulations

Iris Hunscheid, co-owner of the Buchhandlung Hoffmann in Germany, talks about how local support helped the bookshop during lockdown

This Saturday (27 June) was SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) Day. The EIBF pointed out that SMEs such as bookshops "play a vital role in creating decent job opportunities and improving livelihoods in communities they are embedded in. They provide a critical contribution to sustainable development, making up for 70% of total employment and providing 50% of GDP."

Photo: Flore Gautron