Rogan’s Books on Castle Lane has come up with an imaginative way to celebrate Independent Bookshop Week (15-22 June) this week.
Taking inspiration from a scheme run by a fellow indie bookshop, the Rogan’s Books team have been out and about around Bedford and left wrapped copies of books for people to take.
“We always take the time to celebrate this national event and mark it with events in the shop,” said James Cross of Rogan’s Books.
“This year we had Ed Docx teach us how to write a novel on Sunday 16 June. We will have YA sensation Alice Oseman decorate our window today (18 June) and forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes present some of her most exciting case studies on Wednesday 19 June.
“However, these events don’t let people who don’t always buy books know all about us.
“The concept is simple, we have wrapped up over 40 books this week and included a shop bookmark, flyer, and indicated the age group they’re for, from children to adult.”
The books themselves are mostly ‘proof’ copies. These are pre-release, sometimes slightly unpolished, editions of books that Rogan’s Books receive from publishers.
Rather than recycling the books, the shop has decided to pay it forward, and treat those who may not already know about them.
“We dropped our first batch on Sunday, when the shop is normally closed, and left them on benches, in front of shops and even in a multi storey car park,” explained James.
They plan on going out at least once more before the end of Independent Bookshop Week, but when and where?
That would give the game away…