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Bookseller

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At a Glance... header image

Working mostly in stock rooms or on the shop floor, booksellers work with customers and liaise with publishing sales to purchase, organise, manage and sell books to the public or to specialist organisations such as universities.


The Work header image

Booksellers are responsible for a variety of tasks relating to the day-to-day running of the bookshop. In larger shops responsibilities will be more delineated but generally a bookseller will be on hand to advise customers on their choice of book. They will have to replenish shelves, dust and arrange books in an attractive and accessible way.  
 
They will place orders for customers with publishers and will trace lesser known titles using computer databases. They are expected to keep abreast of new titles by reading reviews and consulting publishers' catalogues. Senior staff will order new titles and make sure classic titles remain in stock. 


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You need to be approachable, helpful, friendly and co-operative when dealing with customers. This requires strong interpersonal and communication skills. You need to be patient as you may have to deal with customer complaints and customers being awkward.  
 
You will need a thorough knowledge of the books you sell. Many of the larger shops will employ specialists in certain areas.  
 
A good general health and fitness is required for this job as it can require heavy lifting and use of step-ladders.


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Go..Bookseller - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Bookseller - from:  GradIreland

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Organisation: Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland
  Address: Minister House, 272 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BA, UK
  Tel: + 44 20 7802 0802
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland
  Address: Minister House, 272 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BA, UK
  Tel: + 44 20 7802 0802
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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