With Kent being the hop and oasthouse centre of the world and with me publishing the only book in print about Thanet’s pubs, well I guess also because of the resurgence of the small brewery and so many new micro pubs opening. People who collect beer related books often come to my shop in the hope they can add something to their book collection.
Questions like: What have you got on coopering, hop picking, brewing, pub games get asked frequently. The most difficult one for me is, have you got Old Ramsgate Pubs, as you can see from the Amazon listing
this doesn’t necessarily mean that people would want to pay the price it sells for if I had.
Anyway having just had a professional brewer in adding to his book collection and so found him everything we have at the moment here we go.
and our own publication available online here http://www.michaelsbookshop.com/catalogue/thanet_pubs.htm
This brings up the obvious question, are the books above available on the internet? The answer to this one is not yet, but if they don’t sell to a walk in customer in my bookshop then they will get put on Amazon, where I would expect them to sell for around the prices I have indicated.
I guess this leads to the why not put them on Amazon straight away? Question.
The answer here is a bit complex and is to do with the difference between making the most profit and having an interesting bookshop.
I guess what I try to do is something a bit different and at the moment it seems to be working up to a point.
What really remains of the independent bookshops in the UK is; a few new ones that are very expensive situated in wealthy areas, a few secondhand ones where nearly all the decent books have been sold on the internet, a few very expensive secondhand ones where most of the stock is antiquarian or collectable and for the most part much more expensive than the internet.