New bookshop in the town centre bucks the trend

Tim Barton
Tim Barton

THE manager of a new independent book shop recently opened in Queen’s Road , hopes to make it into a community hub.

Tim Barton, who has many years experience in the book trade, believes he can carve out a niche in a market dominated by Amazon and other online retailers.

Weeks after the closure of the Oxfam bookshop on the same street, Bookbuster has opened at number 39 Queen’s Road on the former site of Blockbuster.

At Bookbuster the focus is on remainder books, sold at a discount by publishers for a variety of reasons.

He said: “There is no other remainder book shop in town.

“I don’t think you can beat a physical bookstore, where you are free to browse.

“The fact that there has been so much interest so far is fantastic.”

Tim’s aim is for it to be a general bookshop appealing to all ages and interests, there are also CDs and vinyl by local musicians and cards by local artists.

He previously ran a bookstall at the town centre market, under the name Blue Green Earth Books, which was a smaller-scale version.

Aside from the books themselves, there are plans for signings, and also regular live music events (Tim’s alias is DJ Dunderhead).

There is to be a launch event on November 30 with live music, demonstrations from 1066 Cake Stand, and author signings.