Not a single copy of NeverSeconds in Waterstone’s

Waterstones Lincoln High Street

Waterstones Lincoln High Street

Two Waterstone’s in Lincoln, one in the market area in the old Corn Exchange, the other in the High Street.

Waterstone’s in the High Street no NeverSeconds on the shelves.

I asked, girl no idea NeverSeconds. Checked on the system, the one and only NeverSeconds they had in stock had been sold some days ago. She may have said 27 December, but I cannot be sure.

As she was quite helpfully, I explained NeverSeconds, that what was only on display was in the main celebrity garbage, Waterstone’s was a disgrace as a bookshop, and soon the chain would go under.

She did not disagree, said she was ashamed at having to walk past the rubbish on display, more suited to shelves of a supermarket, it was dictated centrally. I guessed she was former Ottaker’s (the rival book chain Waterstone’s bought and destroyed) where they decided what to order.

NeverSeconds grabbed her interest, and she said she would check it out.

She also checked other Waterstone’s. It was the same picture in most shops with a few rare exceptions, a single copy of NeverSeconds.

This has been my experience too, not on display, not a clue.

There has to be something very seriously wrong with what masquerades as a chain of bookshops (in reality a chain that sells books) and fails to have on display a potential best seller.

At the end of last year, the food blog NeverSeconds passed nine million hits, it featured with Martha Payne on most end of year reviews, but Waterstone’s does not have a single copy in stock, let alone NeverSeconds on display!

Over Christmas, BBC broadcast an updated edition of Martha, Meals and Malawi.

During the year, Martha picked up numerous awards, including Campaigner of the Year on Freedom of Expression from Liberty.

Together with her father David, Martha co-authored NeverSeconds, which tells the story of her blog, standing firm against the bully-boys at her local council, the trip to Malawi. For each copy of NeverSeconds sold, 25 meals for Mary’s Meals.

Thanks to the generosity of Cargo Publishing it is possible to download NeverSeconds for 99p.

NeverSeconds is for 12 days available for download from Amazon at 99p. Double good news, it will still pay for 25 dinners in Africa.

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3 Responses to “Not a single copy of NeverSeconds in Waterstone’s”

  1. Misako Says:

    I never be able to understand, why they keep resisting this book of a gem!?! I ordered one and waiting the package from UK 🙂 I can’t help but I love paper book form so much.

  2. keithpp Says:

    Waterstone’s is rubbish as a bookshop. They peddle rubbish, do deals with publishers to offer big discounts on best sellers to undercut indie bookshops, deprive them of their bread and butter sales and put them out of business. We have lost a quarter of our indie bookshops thanks to the predatory practices of Waterstone’s.

    Martha Payne is not the first writer to receive this appalling treatment by Waterstone’s. When Aleph was published September 2011, it was not on display in Waterstone’s, the staff clueless Paulo Coelho, let alone knew new book published. One ignorant cretin told me: he can’t be popular or well known can he.

    Waterstone’s is expected to be one of the chains to go bust this year.

  3. keithpp Says:

    So far three High Street chains have gone bust this year: Jessops, HMV and Blockbuster. All three were no great loss.

    When Jessops went bust, I said HMV and Waterstone’s next. As if on cue HMV went into administration a few days later. In cannot be long before Waterstone’s calls in the receivers.

    A good indie bookshop has books of merit on display, that tempt you to read, not trash promoted by the publisher who sees books as a commodity.

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