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.

A Mono
12 Kings Court, King Street, Glasgow, G1 5RB
Long-established music bar with live bands, a record shop and vegan-friendly dining, plus fizzy pop brewed in-house.
B The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
The Fruitmarket is closed for redevelopment until 2020, though the bookshop is operating as a pop up stall in Waverley Mall and can be accessed via Williams and Johnson Coffee Co. Located behind Waverley train station, this world-class gallery…

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