Where can you get books?

21 April 2020

While bookshops and libraries are closed, we know that many people are wondering where they can get new books to read. We’re here to help with some suggestions for buying and borrowing print and digital books.

Before you get something news, take a look at your bookshelves. Are there books there that you’ve always wanted to read but never got round to? Now’s your chance!

1. Borrow from your library e-lending services

You may not be able to get print books from libraries, but did you know that you can also borrow e-books, audiobooks and magazines from your library, direct to your phone or tablet? If you’re not already a library member, sign up online now and follow their instructions to download an app giving you access to thousands of books.

2. Contact an independent bookshop

Many bookshops are sending out individual orders, so call or email a local bookshop and ask what they can do. Due to disruptions in the supply chain, they may only be able to send out stock they currently have on the shelves.

3. Order books from Hive

By ordering books online from Hive, you can choose an independent bookshop to support at no extra cost to you. Simply place your order and at the end, choose a shop that you’d like to send a donation to. This might be a local shop, or it could be on the other side of the country.

By using the links to Hive on our website, you’ll also be helping to support The Reading Agency at no extra cost, through an affiliate partnership.

If you’re looking for books from the World Book Night booklist, you’ll find them all together on one page on Hive. Which one will you read first? See the full list on Hive.

News

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Announcing the 2023 booklist

Impact

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Suzie's story - Reading for Wellbeing

Resources

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