March 21, 2016, by Words on Words
Alternative Places to Buy Books in Nottingham
This blog post was written by final year student, Katie Randall, from the School of English.
As English students we’re required to read a lot of books. As there aren’t infinite copies of the core texts in the library, here are a few alternative places you can try looking, which also happen to be cheaper than Waterstones or Blackwell’s. Not all of the places listed will stock your required texts, but you’ll definitely be able to get your hands on some quirky books or journals instead, and by shopping in these places it often means you’ll be supporting local businesses and/or charities.
Five Leaves Bookshop
Tucked away down a side street, you might not have found Five Leaves yet, but you must have heard of it. Take some time out of your weekend to find this hidden gem and explore their alternative stock of books. Five Leaves often holds events like book launches and talks, so make sure you keep an eye on their social media so you don’t miss out.
The best stock of graphic novels in town! Page 45 is a comic book fan’s heaven and the little shop has super friendly staff and student discount, so you can save on what might normally be an investment purchase.
Ideas on Paper
Another shop that you’ll need to look a little harder to find, Ideas on Paper is hidden away in Cobden Chambers in the Creative Quarter of town. There are more magazines and journals stocked here than books, but the tiny shop is packed full of beautiful and interesting publications to leaf through.
The instantly recognisable Oxfam logo makes both the Nottingham and Beeston stores easy to find. Both have a surprisingly good selection of fiction and non-fiction to choose from, and you’ll be sure that your money is going to a fantastic cause.
Head over to Hockley to explore the best secondhand books and music store about, where all the proceeds go towards a local charity: Music for Everyone. The stock is varied and, if you’re lucky, you might find what you’re looking for. In fact, it’s so cheap you might as well stick your head in and have a rummage anyway. The staff are really friendly too and are always happy to chat.
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