Independent shopping guide: Julie Nicoll, owner of Analogue Books

Newly-relocated indie publications shop

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Talking Shop: Julie Nicoll, owner of Analogue Books, gives us a tour of the premises

Before we opened, we found it hard to get hold of many of the books and magazines that we were into and felt if we were into this stuff, surely others would be too and decided to just take the risk and open. We have all kinds of customers; art students, design and creative professionals and freelancers, people who are just generally into contemporary culture or looking for a little inspiration.

We opened way back in 2001, at the bottom of Victoria Street. We moved recently, due to spiralling rent increases, just around the corner, to Candlemaker Row, next to the lovely Hannah Zakari. We have a diverse selection of art and design-related books, covering architecture, graphics, illustration, fashion, contemporary culture as well as magazines, zines and prints. We try and offer a good balance of new as well as staple titles from the bigger, well-known publishers like Die Gestalten, Laurence King etc, but also spend a lot of time sourcing harder to find books and zines from small, independent publishers like Nobrow, Nieves, Hassla, Seems etc, as well as from artists direct. Some we import from overseas but we also like to make sure we have publications in by local/Scottish-based artists and designers too such as Ross Christie, Matt Swan, Lizzy Stewart and The Lindström Effect.

Bestsellers at the moment are Strom by Nigel Peake, the Barcelona Book by Susie Wright, a series of bug prints by The Lindström Effect, anything by Nobrow – a London-based small publisher – and cycling-related publications The Ride, Rouleur and Boneshaker.

We’re very pleased to be hosting a book launch and talk by Nigel Peake in April for his new book, In The Wilds, published by Princeton Architectural Press, which looks amazing, and we’ll also be releasing a couple of our own publications later this year.

I would like to see more artists /designers /collectives getting together to organise events and ‘just do stuff’ – I know there’s a lack of funding available but even just opening up pop-up shops or galleries in empty units would be good to see. I was really pleased to see the [new Edinburgh gallery/ studio] Superclub opening was so busy. More of that please.

Analogue Books, 39 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QB, 0131 220 0601.

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