Where? Brighton, England, UK
Recommended by: Rob Innis (http://robinnis.wordpress.com/)
Sandpiper Books, an independent bookshop founded in the late 80s, is a nice example of how an independent bookshop can remain competitive even in the internet age. This bookshop combines the irreplaceable pleasure of book browsing in nice surroundings with the offer of books at very affordable prices. Bargain books and discounted remainders are the bookshop's specialty, but unlike many other bookshops from this field of business, Sandpiper Books also pays great attention to the way the books are presented. So if you've been searching for an out-of-print book for quite a while you may be surprised to find it here at a bargain price. The small room in the back offering everything for one pound offers sufficient proof that good deals are really common at Sandpiper Books.
As for the stock, it is strong in non-fiction titles, especially in art and design books, but also history, philosophy, architecture, biographies and lots of other fields. The quality of the stock, a nicely organized and well designed bookstore, helpful knowledgeable staff and at last but not least - prices well below standard, all make up for a bookstore which has the power to attract a wide variety of satisfied customers. It also presents an interesting business model which shows independent bookselling an alternative worth exploring. The only objection we have is that Sandpiper Books has practically no online presence which seems like a wasted opportunity.
34 Kensington Gardens
Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4AL
Photo courtesy of For Books' Sake
Website: http://www.sandpiper.co.uk/ (company info)
Phone and Email:
01273 605 422
No set times, recommended to phone to check opening hours
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