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.

Visit your local independent bookshop and pick up issue 5 of the London Bookshop Map which features two new works by artist Camilla Wills. 

Or visit the app store, download our free app, and generate a story that is added to artist 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 to promote independent bookshops and to commission and distribute new work by artists and writers. The map is printed annually and previous print issues have featured David Batchelor (2011), Katrina Palmer (2012), Hannah Rickards (2012) and Dora García (2013).


Founding Editor: Louise O’Hare

Managing Editor: Jay Drinkall

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 Sarah Auld, Louisa Bailey and Luminous Books, David Batchelor, Book Works and Eastside Projects, Jonathan Bryan, Henry Cooke, Gavin Everall, Dora García, Simon Goode, Kit Hammonds, Mat Jenner, James Langdon, the London Centre for Book Arts, Poppy Moroney, Katrina Palmer, Kate Phillimore, Carrie Rees and all at Rees & Company, LUX, George Polke, Hannah Rickards, Jane Rolo, Paul Sammut, Camilla Wills, Caroline Woodley and Ira Yonemura.

The iPhone app and commission by Dora García was funded by the Elephant Trust. The printed map is funded by donations from participating bookshops and sponsored by PaperBack.

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