International online boutique bookseller Best Little Bookshop has launched in beta form, with the intention of offering “millions” of titles.
The retailer, founded by former Book Depository m.d Kieron Smith, will sell books to 100 countries, in 19 currencies with the website available in five languages.
Smith, who left the Amazon-owned Book Depository last November, said that Best Little Bookshop aimed to recreate the magic and pleasure of the physical bookshop experience online, particularly when it came to browsing, an aspect online retailers have previously struggled to do well. Smith said it was set with the belief that it could “add a human touch to book buying that is sorely missing online”, which it will do by offering interesting and personal recommendations from the Best Little Bookshop team, “rather than being driven by algorithms to create book lists”.
As part of this, along with the usual browsing sections of ‘bestsellers’, ‘new books’ and ‘gift ideas’, the website offers readers book recommendations under “small press and handmade” books and a larger section inviting readers to “discover” more unusual backlist titles, such as...The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson by Unicorn Press.
Pick up a copy of The Sea Around Us here.