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Review – Edinburgh Bookshop Trail

In the second of my book app reviews, I took a look at the Edinburgh City of Literature Bookshop Trail.

bookshoptrailWhat is it?

A comprehensive list of where to find literature in Edinburgh – be it a bookshop or a literary event.

What can you do with it?

Read up on Edinburgh’s 52 bookshops, then creep out the proprietors by going in and knowing everything about them!  The A-Z list tells you exactly how far you are from any of these book shops at any given time, and gives you directions on how to get there as well as contact details, opening times and specialisms.  There is also a menu telling you about upcoming literary events, which is very handy if, like me you have recently found yourself thwarted by gmail’s new inbox and keep forgetting to look at the tab it puts City of Lit’s weekly e-newsletter in.

Who is it for?

Lovers of all things bookish, however niche.  Edinburgh, lest we forget, is home to Scotland’s largest independent specialist legal bookshop (Avizandum, on Candlemaker Row) and loads of second hand, antiquarian, comic and other types of bookshop to boot.  This app would be good for visitors to the city who want to explore a bit, as well as for those who have lived here for years who may not be aware just how much there is on offer.

Where did it come from?

The Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, whose MO since 2004 has been to build on Edinburgh’s reputation as a city built on books through engagement, creativity and learning.  These guys know their Edinburgh Bookshops.

Where can I get it?

The Apple Store, for the very reasonable price of FREE.

Anything else?

It’s simple to use and has all the information you’ll need to start your own journey around Edinburgh’s bookshop trail.  It’s also a must-download if you want definitive answers to the questions, ‘which Edinburgh bookshop has the best mascot (alive or stuffed)?’ and ‘which Edinburgh bookshop has the most cuddly toys?’  Be honest, now I’ve put those questions in your head, you won’t be able to rest until you know the answers…

To find out more about this and what the Edinburgh City of Literature Trust are up to when they’re not designing handy book apps, follow them on twitter @EdinCityofLit.

A Side Note

If you’re at all interested in what I’m doing when not writing about Caligula, this post is for you.  I wouldn’t want you to get the impression I’m doing nothing but faffing about on Wikipedia trying to work out roughly when each of his senators died under mysterious circumstances (although the timeline is taking up quite a lot of time and effort at the moment, and it’s making my brain feel sad).

Until the end of February I am blogging about song lyrics on my ‘professional‘ blog in support of UNESCO’s Let’s Get Lyrical campaign.  So far I’ve mentioned the lyrical stylings of The Smiths, Justin Timberlake, Willow Smith, Amanda Palmer, Sisqo, *NSync, Razorlight and Avril Lavigne.

I try to write about something or other daily on my personal blog, often television (particularly Scottish soap River City) and things that have annoyed me in my internet travels.  This tends to involve a bit of backdating.

This week I’ve also been conducting interviews and writing articles for The Broughton Spurtle and The Edinburgh Reporter, which are both hyperlocal news sites in Edinburgh.  And I’ve gotten involved with a new page of satirical Scottish news stories, called I We Two Three.

It’s good to vary one’s output.

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