Shop locally online and eBooks made easy with Hive: 15 Christian retailers now live!

SO YOU LIKE TO SHOP ONLINE? Who doesn’t? No queues, no crowds, no hassle, and delivery direct to your door — or if it’s an eBook, direct to your device. But on the other hand, it’s a lonely experience: no personal recommendations, no human interaction, just the autogenerated suggestions from Am*zon or whichever etailer you’re dealing with … unless you’re sitting in a coffee shop with friends, in which case it’s much more fun to nip out to the bookshop and hurl a few books around between you as you choose — before you pull out your GoTab or iPad (or Kindle or Kobo…) and order it online anyway…

Then disaster strikes: the bookshop closes down and all the fun goes out of the window because you’ve just used it as a showroom for someone else…

Hive: Shop locally online and choose from almost 60,000 Christian products!

Hive: Shop locally online and choose from almost 60,000 Christian products!

But here’s the good news: it doesn’t have to be like that! You can now shop locally online: all the convenience of online shopping, including eBooks, bundled together with your favourite local bookshop. It’s called Hive and the choice is yours: delivery to your door or to the store, to collect at your convenience with no worries about having to wait in until the postie arrives. Delivery to your device or to the store is free; home delivery is only 75p per item or free on orders over £15 — just make sure you nominate your favourite bookshop so that they benefit from the sale too!

And it gets better: only one year on from Hive’s launch and there are now almost 60,000 Christian products available, with 15 Christian bookshops* that I know of on the network:

Christian Bookshops on the Hive Network

So what are you waiting for? Shop locally online and help keep your local high street alive!

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* Christian retailer on Hive but not listed? Leave a comment or give me a shout!


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3 thoughts on “Shop locally online and eBooks made easy with Hive: 15 Christian retailers now live!

  1. I’d be very interested to know how this has gone for christian retailers.

    Have you had any controversy over the titles people have ordered through Hive?

    How do you manage with the regular Gardners orders which are required?

    Or is it mostly eBooks which makes you the money.

    As I said at the time, I’d love to see someone like TMD, CLC or others try something like this. I’m still not convinced that we can do it here, for various reasons, but i’d love to hear some feedback.

  2. Pingback: Helping hand for Christian bookshops as Eden Interactive announce new online sales solution | The Christian Bookshops Blog

  3. Pingback: Fifteen Shops now live on the new Christianbookshop.co.uk network | The Christian Bookshops Blog

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