Edinburgh Bookshop App and Web Trail Launches

Edinburgh Bookshop App and Web Trail Launches

July 11, 2013

A brand new free iPhone app and website trail launched by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust brings together the capital’s fifty-two bookshops in one indispensable guide.

Offering an overview of all of Edinburgh’s fantastic bookshops – as well as handy information such as opening times, contact details and shop-specialities – the app and trail will give readers and book buyers a one-stop guide to finding their ideal bookshop.

The photo galleries make it easy to enjoy a virtual visit to any particular shop and for any reader who needs a quick book fix, there’s an interactive map to help locate the bookshop closest to your current location. There’s also a handy ‘What’s On’ feature which tells you what’s going on every night in Edinburgh’s world of books, words and ideas.

Featuring everything from chain stores to independents, art and antiquarian bookshops, the app and trail are sure to satisfy even the choosiest shopper. Also showcased are some of Edinburgh’s most unique bookshop experiences and beloved highlights.

Ali Bowden, director of the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust said:

“Edinburgh has a great collection of bookshops, and they each have their own specialism and character. As well as an incredible range of books, one of them only appears for a few days each year, and one has the stuffed head of a water buffalo called Clarence, so you have to visit them in person to really get a feel for them. Some bookshops are lost to history now, including Jim Haynes’ shop on Charles Street, which opened in 1959 and is believed to be Britain’s first paperback only bookshop. This app and website trail build on that incredible heritage, and celebrates the many and varied bookshops in our city.”

Use the website trail and app to discover the many unique charms of the city’s bookshops, such as the best location – Mainpoint Books, located between a lap dancing club and a tattoo parlour – or Edinburgh’s oldest bookshop still trading – B. McCall Barbour.

Are you ready to delve into the wonders of Edinburgh’s bookshops either in person or online? The Bookshop app is free to download from the iTunes Store, under the name Edinburgh Bookshops Trail.

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