Ever felt like a good read but don’t know where to go for advice? Ever checked out the mainstream online bookstores and found millions of books but wanted an independent view on what’s worth spending money on? Help could be at hand at http://www.crimebookshop.co.uk (www.crimebookshop.com works just as well) - this is now launched and specializing in selling as many crime books as a customer might want.
The shop works in association with Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com. Blackstar, BOL, Magazineshop.co.uk and Streets Online. Customers can log on and look through the selection on offer anytime and click through to an established e-tailer who will handle the order in their usual way. So the customer gets the reassurance that they are dealing with a safe company whilst being offered a selection of the latest in crime fiction by fellow enthusiasts.
‘It started while I was searching the Internet for some fairly obscure audio plays from the 1940s,’ says the store’s owner Guy Clapperton. ‘It took a while for me to locate a supplier who not only advertised them but could deliver them, too - so I got to wondering why nobody had done a decent crime portal with links you could buy from. When I found that the crimebookshop.com and crimebookshop.co.uk domains were available, I naturally bought them, set up the affiliations and put a site up.’
People who log on can expect to see some of the best if not necessarily most popular crime fiction in book, video, audio and DVD form on the site. What they may not see as much of is the established best seller: ‘We don’t see much point in my pointing everyone in the direction of a pile of Agatha Christie paperbacks or the new Patricia Cornwell,’ says Clapperton. ‘If someone wants those the chances are they’ll go straight to one of the established web bookshops. We’ll be trying to highlight some of the stuff they might otherwise miss, particularly from the smaller presses who don’t have the marketing budget the big players can muster.’
On the site at the moment there is a clutch of new books plus a ‘Crimebookshop.com Recommends’ page. There is also a section on TV and Film, magazines, an ‘author of the month’ slot and a couple of ‘classics’ pages in which lesser-known material on old favourites will be highlighted - Vincent Price’s 1940s radio version of The Saint, for example. Future plans include expanding on all of these and increasing the amount of material available from America.
Contact for further information:
Guy Clapperton, 020 8653 6151
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