Dover Bookshop to continue online

While London’s Dover Bookshop finally closed its doors in March, its manager Tim Matthews is now set to keep the business going as a web-only operation

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Two titles, on 19th-century images of men and women, from the Dover Archive

While London’s Dover Bookshop finally closed its doors in March, its manager Tim Matthews is now set to keep the business going as a web-only operation…

Relaunching this week, Matthews hopes that the creative community previously served by the Covent Garden-based shop will remain loyal to Dover online.

Founded in 1986, the physical shop was established as a base from which to sell the Pictorial Archive range of copyright-free imagery titles from US publishers Dover. We reported on the shop’s closure in February this year. Currently, an updated section of the website reads: “Due to customer demand we are continuing our web service. We are dedicated to offering an exceptional mail order service for these books.”

Despite the huge changes that have occurred in publishing and on the high street more generally, Matthews says he still sees a future for Dover’s services.

“I still firmly believe there are those who still love print, [who] still value sourcebooks and the original Dover format, and that the shop meant a lot to so many people – [as] a design community resource,” he says.

The relaunched Dover Books website is at Subscribers to the former Dover Books site will be contacted by email in due course.

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  • Chris

    If the dude is going to relaunch, he needs a better site than that. Come on guys, lets help sort him out man!

  • OTB

    Great news.

    Do we know if it’ll be mail-order only or plans for some scanned e-versions too?

  • John Hopper

    There will always be a space for these types of book, though I would have thought, as suggested above, an e-format would have been the way forward.

  • Kayleigh Herbertson

    I agree with the website comment Chris, kinda looks dated as heck already.

  • Marcel Garbi

    Could you post a bigger image please?

  • Gail

    Wow, forgot these things existed. Fascinating to look at the books and range of illustrations available.