Visit your local independent bookshop and pick up the latest free copy of The London Bookshop Map with a newly commissioned work by artist Dora García.

Or visit the app store, download our free app and generate a story that is added to Dora García’s, Twenty-three million, five hundred and eighty-six thousand, four hundred and ninety stories (2013–ongoing).

You can view stories created by the project here, 

The app shows users the nearest independent bookshop to their current location in London, and allows them to search for specialisms including, art, children’s, secondhand & many more.

The London Bookshop Map was founded in 2011 by Louise O’Hare. Its aim is to promote independent bookshops and to commission and distribute new text-based work by contemporary artists. The map is printed annually and previous issues have featured David Batchelor (2011), Katrina Palmer (2012) and Hannah Rickards (2012).

Independent bookshops fill the gaps left by high street chains, stocking thoughtful and idiosyncratic choices of books rather than market-driven selections. They sustain local interests and offer different ways for communities to participate in a range of cultural activities. They are crucial platforms for alternative publishing.

On Monday 2 December 2013, we will be celebrating the launch of the app with screenings of Dora García, The Joycean Society (2013) and John Cage, Interview Performance (1978) at the Hackney Picturehouse, in association with LUX. For context around the launch visit the LUX tumblr. Tickets £7. Book at the Hackney Picturehouse website or call the box office on 0871 902 5734.


Editor: Louise O’Hare

Art Direction/Design: Ray O’Meara (The Office of Optimism) and Luke Gould

Creative technologist: Henry Cooke 

Website: The Fantastic Mr Franks

Special thanks to The Elephant Trust, Sarah Auld, Louisa Bailey and Luminous Books, David Batchelor, Book Works and Eastside Projects, Jonathan Bryan, Henry Cooke, Gavin Everall, Dora García, Kit Hammonds, James Langdon, the London Centre for Book Arts, LUX, Katrina Palmer, Kate Phillimore, George Polke, Carrie Rees, Hannah Rickards, Paul Sammut, and Caroline Woodley.

We wholeheartedly support the boycott of Amazon. Learn more here.