Top 5 book Online Stores in the UK

See the top 5 book online stores in the UK according to the version of BestOnlineStores.co.uk. Choose your best book online shop
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Waterstones began in 1982 under the aegis of its founder, Tim Waterstone. Over the decades that have followed, we have grown to become an icon of the British cultural landscape, employing over 3000 superb booksellers across over 280 bookshops.

As the last surviving national bookshop chain, under the helmsmanship of Managing Director James Daunt, we are proud to have fought off the perceived threat of e-readers and online competition to begin a programme of active expansion. Recent years have seen fresh shops open around the country and sites either move or be upgraded. With recent openings including Reigate, Clifton and moves to far more attractive locations for our shops in Edinburgh and Manchester’s Trafford Centre, our plans continue to be ambitious.

Perhaps unusually for a national retailer, our branch managers enjoy a high degree of individual autonomy, running their shops to best please their local customers, with only the lightest of central suggested direction. We take enormous pleasure in championing simply good (but sometimes relatively overlooked) books, a principle that began most famously with John Williams’ Stoner, a quiet, intense novel that we turned into a bestseller forty years after its original publication.

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We don't want any more independent bookshops to close, that's why we give them a cut from every single order on Hive. Whether you order books, films, music, games, or anything else, your chosen bookshop will receive commission. They will receive a minimum of 10% on the net value of all book orders, rising to 25% when you select store collection. We pay 8% on eBooks and 3% on entertainment products. Bookshops receive their commission monthly.

If you're an independent bookshop based in the UK, we'd love for you to be a part of the Hive independent bookshop network, just send an email to customerservice@hive.co.uk to find out how to apply. Once your application is approved and your profile created, you can just sit back and wait for the commission to come in!
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It all began when a group of book loving entrepreneurs noticed a bag of books in charity shop bin destined for landfill. Our founders rescued them on the spot, determined to give them a second life.

Over the last decade, we have grown from a start-up into a leading global seller of quality used books and pioneers in re-use and recycling. Our inventory has grown to over six million in stock and we sell a book somewhere in the world every two seconds.

We are a circular economy, for-profit business founded on the ethos to do good, help charities and make a positive impact.

Our business model is designed to protect the planet by enabling more goods to be reused. We are committed to creating positive impact for communities, the environment and our people in an effort to achieve a more sustainable future.

In 2018, we were awarded B Corporation® (B Corps™) status – a businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. In short, we care about people and the planet.
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Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.
We believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.

As more and more people buy their books online, we wanted to create an easy, convenient way for you to get your books and support bookstores at the same time.

If you want to find a specific local bookstore to support, find them on our map and they’ll receive the full profit off your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores (even those that don’t use Bookshop).
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Powell's Books is an independent bookseller serving Portland, Oregon, since 1971. Through Powells.com and our expansive online community, we also reach readers around the world, people who are as excited about books as we are.

We are grounded by our company's core values, which have guided us through the ups and downs of the bookselling industry. Each and every employee's love of books drives us forward.

We look forward to a future filled with many new opportunities, new innovations, and, of course, new books!

Our mission is to be the world's best destination for readers, a place that fosters a culture of reading and connects people with the books they'll love.
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