Independent shopping guide: Books

Independent shopping guide: Books

Analogue, The Fruitmarket Gallery and Monorail are among our favourite hangouts

Some of our best and most enjoyable timewasting has been done in the independent bookshops and record stores of Edinburgh and Glasgow. So – apologies go out to the recently relocated, ever excellent Analogue Books with its unique collection of locally made zines, colourful graphic design/ illustration / fashion books (see our interview with owner Julie Nicoll) as well as the art and architecture-focused collection at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

GmbH do an excellent job of furnishing Glasgow with journals, periodicals and magazines from around the world (currently trading online, plans are underway for a move to new premises next month.) We also enjoy Made in the Shade’s small but well-formed magazine collection, including the bi-monthly fashion and photography gem, Selvedge.

For the music lover, some would rate Monorail as one of not just Scotland, but the UK’s best independent record stores – in terms of its cut-the-crap approach to its fine-tuned music collection, not to mention its knowledgeable but never arsey staff.

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The Fruitmarket Gallery

45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF

Located behind Waverley train station, this world-class gallery showcases work by many of the leading names in contemporary art. An all-glass frontage allows passing pedestrians to observe the lower level of the gallery beyond the bookshop and café, and…

Monorail

12 Kings Court, King Street, Glasgow, G1 5RB

Don't mistake the slender couple of shelves in the back room of vegan venue Mono for a lightweight enterprise. Owner and muso Stephen Pastel has been setting Glasgow's hipster pulse from here for years.

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