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WORD POWER BOOKS started life as a leading quality independent bookshop opened formally by Booker Prize-Winner James Kelman on 1 December 1994.
The world-wide online service was an alternative to corporate bookshops that refused to allow their workers to join trade unions. Unlike Amazon, recipient of 1.6 million taxpayers’ money from the Scottish Executive (The Bookseller, 28 May 2004), we receive no state funding.
- WRITERS’ VOICES
The world of books is a precious resource: books are not commodities to be marketed on the shelves alongside baked beans. The range of books we offer gives you fast track entrance to a world of publishing outwith the mainstream, a world where independent publishers, small presses, new writers with no prior sales history, individuals producing their own zines all have an equal voice and sit happily alongside Stupid White Men or No Logo on the shelves.
Word Power is not just the best radical bookshop in Scotland. It’s one of the best bookshops of any kind. It combines an amazing range with a terrific focus: in every category it covers, you’ll find its best, most current, and most relevant books there. And if you can’t, Word Power’s fast, friendly, no-fuss ordering service will do it for you. Support them in every way you can. KEN MACLEOD
Word-Power is more than a book shop, it’s a way of life. DILYS ROSE
We strive to be what Word Power has become – An ultimate learning resource within their niche, and source of news, updates and all-round publishing goodness! GUITAARR
…in edinburgh doing a one-man show version of my book “Chicken” at the Assmbly rooms, I stumbled into a book lover’s heaven: Word Power. I sighed as I entered, thinking: this is what a book store should be – personal, intimate, crammed head to foot with books, books, books. It was an absolute joy, browsing, poking my nose into every corner of this wonderful emporium of the enlightened mind and soul, being filled with the joy and power of the word. I reccommend you do the same. DAVID HENRY STERRY
Word Power is a wonderful bookstore. Its collection provides the community (in Edinburgh and via the Web) with important resources for critical learning, independent thinking, and – ultimately – democracy itself. I look forward to returning. JOSEPH GERSON
Back in the 1970s almost every large city in Britain had an independent radical bookshop where socialists could go to pick up the classics, new works or left-wing sectariana. Most of these closed during the 1980s under competitive pressure from the book chains and the general climate of reaction. Now that we are seeing a welcome revival of the Left, Edinburgh is particularly lucky to already have a shop like Word Power where socialists can go to find the ideas we need for the struggle. Word Power is to be congratulated on the wide-ranging nature of its stock, the ecumenical approach it takes to left publications and for initiatives such as the annual Radical Bookfair. NEIL DAVIDSON
Word Power is just that! I am so happy to find a store in Scotland where there is such a wealth of information about different topics. This is complimented by the involvement in the community to promote and provide music, cultural events and book signings. It’s an honor to meet people in a place that lives up to it’s name – truly a great place with wonderful, caring people! Aisha