About Bookworm

Bookworm provided a service to readers and book-buyers on markets in the East Midlands for a number of years. 

Around 2004 Bookworm went online as a seller on Amazon marketplace to take care of the more unusual or collectable stock, in the time before it became flooded with huge second hand bulk sellers.

In 2008 Bookworm Abroad was created out of the long held belief that there were potential customers out there who were either literally abroad or not within reach of easy browsing of a physical stall, and who would benefit from the same level of service being taken to them by means of the web site. 

But sadly it's as hard to take on Amazon on the web as it is for markets to compete with Tesco and give them a run for their money. An inspired concept, a quirky web site for which I can't claim the credit, but sadly no customers. It didn't work. 

Hence there is no online shop on this web site. 


About Me

I'm a lifelong avid reader and lover of books and for over a decade I made my way by trying to run the best bookstall in the East Midlands after becoming self employed. I'd had enough of working for other people where if you do something right, they take the credit, whereas if they do something wrong then you get the blame, and you never get the recognition (or the pay) you deserve. So now if I work for an idiot I have only myself to blame!

I'm fortunate to work with products I really like, and I've worked very hard to promote the benefits of shopping locally, markets and small businesses/sole traders, including being active in the National Market Traders Federation at a local level. But sometimes it felt like King Canute trying to turn the tide, and the thing is I'm not getting any younger.........so when the chance came to try out being poor in a warmer climate, away from the cold and damp of what we call winter, I thought I'd give it a go. 


I'm Janet, a lifelong avid reader and lover of books, and for over a decade I made my way by trying to run the best bookstall on the markets in the East Midlands.

I'm fortunate in having gone into business with a product I genuinely like, but some days it has got a bit like King Canute trying to turn back the tide out there, what with the weather, the recession and the increasing impact of those nasty retail giants.

I've worked very hard locally to promote our markets in England and to raise public awareness of the value of small businesses, but the thing is I'm not getting any younger, and if I'm destined to stay poor I quite fancy doing some of it away from the cold and damp we affectionately know as the English climate in winter.

I'm Janet, a lifelong avid reader and lover of books, and for over a decade I made my way by trying to run the best bookstall on the markets in the East Midlands.

I'm fortunate in having gone into business with a product I genuinely like, but some days it has got a bit like King Canute trying to turn back the tide out there, what with the weather, the recession and the increasing impact of those nasty retail giants.

I've worked very hard locally to promote our markets in England and to raise public awareness of the value of small businesses, but the thing is I'm not getting any younger, and if I'm destined to stay poor I quite fancy doing some of it away from the cold and damp we affectionately know as the English climate in winter.



Bookworm-abroad.co.uk was created in 2008 as the compromise online version, with the long-held belief that there were Brits abroad, as well as those who did not live near enough to visit and browse the stall in person, who would benefit from the same level of service being taken out (abroad) to them by means of the web site.

But sadly it's as hard to take on Amazon on the internet as it is on the markets to give Tesco a run for their money.  An inspired concept, an excellent and quirky website (not all my work!), but sadly, no customers. It didn't work.

Fortunately there is still irreplaceable value in face-to-face personal service and all the other good things about markets.

Bookworm-abroad.co.uk was created in 2008 as the compromise online version, with the long-held belief that there were Brits abroad, as well as those who did not live near enough to visit and browse the stall in person, who would benefit from the same level of service being taken out (abroad) to them by means of the web site.

But sadly it's as hard to take on Amazon on the internet as it is on the markets to give Tesco a run for their money.  An inspired concept, an excellent and quirky website (not all my work!), but sadly, no customers. It didn't work.

Fortunately there is still irreplaceable value in face-to-face personal service and all the other good things about markets.

Bookworm-abroad.co.uk was created in 2008 as the compromise online version, with the long-held belief that there were Brits abroad, as well as those who did not live near enough to visit and browse the stall in person, who would benefit from the same level of service being taken out (abroad) to them by means of the web site.

But sadly it's as hard to take on Amazon on the internet as it is on the markets to give Tesco a run for their money.  An inspired concept, an excellent and quirky website (not all my work!), but sadly, no customers. It didn't work.

Fortunately there is still irreplaceable value in face-to-face personal service and all the other good things about markets.

Bookworm-abroad.co.uk was created in 2008 as the compromise online version, with the long-held belief that there were Brits abroad, as well as those who did not live near enough to visit and browse the stall in person, who would benefit from the same level of service being taken out (abroad) to them by means of the web site.

But sadly it's as hard to take on Amazon on the internet as it is on the markets to give Tesco a run for their money.  An inspired concept, an excellent and quirky website (not all my work!), but sadly, no customers. It didn't work.

Fortunately there is still irreplaceable value in face-to-face personal service and all the other good things about markets.

Bookworm-abroad.co.uk was created in 2008 as the compromise online version, with the long-held belief that there were Brits abroad, as well as those who did not live near enough to visit and browse the stall in person, who would benefit from the same level of service being taken out (abroad) to them by means of the web site.

But sadly it's as hard to take on Amazon on the internet as it is on the markets to give Tesco a run for their money.  An inspired concept, an excellent and quirky website (not all my work!), but sadly, no customers. It didn't work.

Fortunately there is still irreplaceable value in face-to-face personal service and all the other good things about markets.