In London, one-hour book delivery from local, independent stores

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Talk to any book lover and they will be able to boast with affinity the great offerings at their favorite independent bookstores, listing off special havens in the hidden nooks of the city in which they live. But as giants like Amazon engulf the industry with their difficult-to-refuse convenience and lower-than-anyone price, these beloved, local small businesses are facing very real pressures. We have already seen a browser plugin that hijacks Amazon’s site to tell customers the best book price from their local store, and now offering even more convenience is Near St. The searchable database enables Londoners to enter in their post code and the book or author they’re looking for, then order an item for instant collection, or — get this — one-hour delivery.

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