Dear Readers,

I think we might have been here before?

Now, as before, our first hope is that you’re all well and in good health and spirits – all things considered.

Our second message is that, as we enter this second lockdown, the Mr B’s bookselling team is more committed than ever to making sure you can access all the books you need, and to keeping you smiling as we get them to you, even if you’re not able to come and join us here on the shop floor.

Here’s your guide to how to order, enquire or receive recommendations from Mr B’s from a distance.

How to shop with Mr B’s during No-go-vember

We will be open as usual between 9.30am and 5.30pm on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November. After that, in line with the new lockdown rules, the shop floor will be closed throughout the lockdown period. Hopefully we’ll be in a position to welcome you all back onto the shop floor on Thursday 3rd December, but we’ll keep that under review and be watching what the government has to say as well.

The Mr B’s website – Always open
Our website – www.mrbsemporium.com – is open all hours of course. We’re adding more books and more book lists to our website’s extensive selection every day and that will continue throughout lockdown and beyond. If you’re after a particular book but you don’t see it on our website then just message us through the website or by email as we can add any title you’re after in moments.

If you need inspiration for yourself or for others then the website is full of ideas – in the form of our themed lists, our brand new Christmas Catalogue and our trusty Recommendation Station. You can also opt to hand us the ultimate level of control by selecting one of our Surprise Reads – we’ll be adding lots more categories in the days ahead!

Phones and Email
You can also email us at books@mrbsemporium.com with your enquiries, orders or to ask for any recommendations that you might need. We’re expecting high demand so forgive us if it takes us a little longer than usual to get back to your enquiry, but rest assured we will answer every email received as soon as possible.

Although the shop floor will be closed we will have a limited number of booksellers working safely behind the scenes at Mr B’s. Our phone lines will be open from 9.30-5.30 Monday to Saturday and at other times, or if we’re busy when you call, you can leave a message and we will get back to you just as soon as we can.

Shipping and Collecting
However you choose to place your book order, we will be able to ship it to you or your gift recipient – within the UK and beyond. Full details of our shipping costs for all regions are available on our website. We continue to offer free postage for all orders over £40 to the UK.

At the moment we’re expecting the book supply chain to continue functioning and either by sending books to you ourselves from the shop or having our supplier partners send them direct to you, we have all sorts of ways to get books out to you. It is though possible that the postal and other dispatch services will become overburdened and will begin to take longer than usual, so do order as early as possible.

If you’re local to Bath we’ll also be offering a collection service for anything ordered in advance. You can collect these orders from the door of No.13 John Street (that’s our newer door). This will be only available on items ordered ahead via website or phone. Once we’ve confirmed that your order is ready for collection you’ll be able to drop by to our door to collect between 10am and 4pm Monday to Saturday.

Unfortunately government regulations prevent us from taking any additional orders or adding items to your order whilst you’re at the doorstep. And of course please observe our queue signage and safety information and wear a mask when collecting your order for your own and everyone else’s safety.

Our special gifts for booklovers

Reading Subscriptions
Our bespoke Reading Subscriptions have always been the perfect gift for book-lovers and this year that’s more true than ever. We hand-pick a book for each recipient for each month of their subscription, based on their reading tastes. Click here to read all about how subscriptions work and/or place an order.

Reading Spas
If you have a Reading Spa booked for the forthcoming lockdown period then of course that will now need to be postponed. We will be in touch with you shortly with rebooking and alternative options. In order that we can keep prioritising those customers who already have Reading Spa vouchers that they need to rebook and enjoy, sadly we will not be resuming selling new Reading Spas until next year.

Christmas Catalogue

Our Mr B’s Christmas catalogue was printed on Friday and is now available from the shop. You can also request a physical copy to be sent to your home right here. If you prefer to browse the catalogue online then the pdf version is here complete with links to the books on our website (just click the book covers) or you can view the catalogue books as a list on our website here.

Mr B’s Vouchers and National Book Tokens
It’s still just a click of a button to receive a digital Mr B’s book voucher for the amount of your choice which can be saved for a spending spree at the shop itself once the worst is over or used for advance purchases on our website. By emailing us or giving us a call you can also order National Book Tokens (that can be redeemed in almost all UK bookshops).

Board Games, Cards and More…
In the days ahead we’ll be adding many more from our range of board games onto our website, as well as some of our favourite stationery and greeting cards. We’re aware it’s not just books you’ll be keen to get your hands on as we enter gifting season, so watch this space and we’ll soon have much more up and available – just as if you were moseying around the shop itself.

Thank you

A big thanks to each and every one of you that continues to support us – and other local businesses. Each order and enquiry is massively appreciated by us all.

2019….when team hugs were allowed – but some outfits should have been banned!