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“A bookworms best friend”

published 28/04/2003

Friendly staff, huge array of books

Cannot order over the website

Ottakar’s - A bookworm's best friend Back in the heady days of 2000, I fell in love. What’s this got to do with a bookstore? Well, keep with me and I’ll explain. Back in 2000 I moved in with Mel, who had lived in Chelmsford all of her life. I’d been brought up in Welling, Kent, a small town on...

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“Smells like new books.”

published 09/11/2001

you can always get a bestseller here

but you can lay money they won't have anything on ...

What is it about the smell of a bookshop? Perhaps its the combination of ink and paper, I don't know, but I am always captivated by that very faint and distinct aroma. Ottakers - I have known and loved several in my time (Gloucester and Bormsgrove particulalry, but have visited others.) If you...

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Excellent

“My one true love”

published 15/11/2001

The range of books

Costa Coffee Shop is expensive

The nearest Ottaker's book store to me is in Lowestoft, but, as I visit Norwich more often than I do Lowestoft, I'm going to tell you about the Norwich branch. The store itself holds more than 500,000 books, and stands in 15,000 sq ft of ground. Quite amazing, eh?! Situated in the heart of the...

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Excellent

Vast selection of books from all genres

Can be pricey, no student discount (although varie...

James Heneage deserves a medal. The man is clearly a genius. To invisage creating the bookshop we've all always dreamed of... welcoming, atmospheric, a collection of books so vast that the only problem you'll will have on entering the store is deciding where to begin. And of course once we have...

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Super

Very nice ambience and atmosphere, excellent layou...

Very pricey books

I’ve recently developed quite a taste for reading books. As one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I made sure that I took more time to relax and to enjoy life, rather than just rushing through and organising everything for everyone else. My new-found love of all things written has lead me...

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Excellent

“Great Lincoln Store.”

published 05/06/2001

Very welcoming shop.

None.

We love going to book shops and this store is a real gem. This is the first Ottakars book store that I have been to and I was very impressed. The Lincoln store has three storeys and the whole store is very well laid out, with plenty of room to browse around. The whole shop has a very welcoming...

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Excellent

“bookworm heaven”

published 27/08/2001

nice ambience, central location, staff who are int...

more expensive than online books, weak crime secti...

I've got a real thing for bookshops. Maybe its the relative peace, the orderliness, or just the feeling that a world of knowledge is on the shelves...waiting for me. Ottakers is, I think, the king of bookstores. My local branch (Portsmouth) shines in an otherwise depressingly mundane shopping...

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“wish I'd found it sooner”

published 06/09/2001

great selection

too many titles to choose from!

I've only recently had the pleasure of visiting an Ottakers store as the one in Norwich has not been open too long. But what a great place! Everything is laid out really clearly and there is plenty of space between shelves for browsing. Well positioned signs point you in the right direction if...

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Excellent

Wide range, can order pretty much anything

More chairs needed

As a fully fledged bookworm, bookshops have been a bit of a hit and miss affair for me. Local bookshops are great, you are supporting local businesses and that but to be honest, the Ottakers in Lincoln (I can't say about anywhere else with conviction!) is just about the best place to do with...

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Super

Well layed out, great selection of books, helpful ...

Expensive compared to online retailers.

I went into Ottakers for the first time, just before Christmas. The branch only opened in my home-town a few months previously. Before then, I had never heard of them. I went in the because I wanted to buy some childrens books for my niece and nephew for Christmas. I didn't want to go in WHSmiths...

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Excellent

“Relaxing and Pleasant”

published 22/01/2001

Relaxing & Pleasant

You can get carried away

I went to Ottakers today to buy a few books for work in my lunch hour. I usually end up rushing around the town centre and generally getting stressed but today I needed to get a few books. I went straight to Ottakers and found the relevant section The IT section that was very east to find, as the...

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“Good read”

published 29/01/2003

Unhurried, leisurely inspection of books

Are there any? Except that you feel you have to bu...

I always feel unhurried in Ottaker's Book Stores! I have only the one in Douglas, Isle of Man to go on, but it is a friendly place!! Book signings happen on a regular basis, and it much cost a lot to transport an author to the Isle of Man for a book signing!! I like the way that there are tables...

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Excellent

“Best Place for Books in Town”

published 23/01/2003

staff always on hand to help

can take a while for orders to come in

As a student of English at Lincoln University, Ottakar's is a regular haunt for me, although before I moved to Lincoln i'd never heard of it even though there are now 93 stores in the country and it is an incredibly fast growing chain. Although its not the cheapest place to get books, it's...

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Super

A quiet haven on a busy high street. Its a booksho...

Don't always have what I want in stock. Not the ch...

Ottakar's began in 1987 when its current Managing Director, James Heneage, realised that there might be an opportunity to establish a chain of bookshops offering high levels of range and service across the market towns of England. A big fan of Hergé's Tintin books, the name Ottakar's came from...

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Excellent

“Bookworms are us”

published 19/01/2001

Coffee shop within the book shop

None

Ottakers has to be one of the best book shops around. I go to the one in the Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow's city centre. The catagories are layed out in a very logical order and they always have a huge range of books. I love horror books, and in particular Richard Laymon. Most book shops have a...

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