Booksni.com Launch Dedicated Online Retail Bookstore For Authors and Publishers

A new online retailer has launched dedicated to books from and about Northern Ireland and also books written by Northern Irish writers. BooksNI.com was born out of Colourpoint Books, a Northern Ireland local publisher founded in 1993 by Sheila and Norman Johnston.
The Johnsons also founded April Sky Design in 2002, a company offering self-publishing services to authors and one of the few such companies in Northern Ireland. In 2008, they founded MiMO Distribution, specialising in book distribution to stores for small local publishers in Northern Ireland.
From the press release:

BooksNI.com which took nearly two years and an investment of £20,000 to develop is part of the Newtownards based Colourpoint Books publishing company. The site already has over 600 local titles with more being added each week.

The family business, which employs 10 people, was set up in 1993 and is now run by brothers Wesley and Malcolm Johnston.

Speaking at the launch Wesley Johnston said that the original concept was to provide a place online where people could go to find all the books on a chosen subject or location in Northern Ireland, written by local authors or published in Northern Ireland – a place where even small publishers with just one title can appear as prominently as everyone else.

What distinguishes BooksNI.com from other book websites is the opportunity given to local writers through our primary focus on local publishing. Many local books do not appear on national sites and when they do there is often scant information, no cover image and it can take four to six weeks to get the book. This website reflects our love of local publishing with genuine interest, local knowledge and local relationships.”

The launch of the new website was held in the Linen Hall Library when Wesley also presented John Killen, its Librarian, with a cheque for £500 as a corporate donation towards the work of the library.

At the launch local author, Stuart Neville, also gave a reading from his new book The Twelve to the invited audience.

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