Image copyright Getty Images / matthew ashton Image caption Managing director John Westwood said going a whole day without selling a book was a first A 100-year-old bookshop has been inundated with orders after tweeting it had a “tumbleweed” day in which it had not sold a single book.An employee at Petersfield Bookshop posted a…

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Managing director John Westwood said going a total day with out promoting a book used to be a well-known

A 100-300 and sixty five days-venerable bookstore has been inundated with orders after tweeting it had a “tumbleweed” day in which it had no longer sold a single book.

An employee at Petersfield E-book shop posted a picture of the retailer on Tuesday and said it would possibly per chance per chance per chance need been the well-known time it had no longer made a sale.

The tweet used to be retweeted extra than 7,000 times, including by creator Neil Gaiman.

The shop’s managing director John Westwood said he had been “overwhelmed” by the response.

“I mediate on this industry, but online ordering and Amazon has hit us exhausting. I’ve needed to promote my flat to support the retailer afloat and most evenings sleep on a camp mattress within the shop.

“Now we possess a total bunch gargantuan plans for the prolonged toddle, on how to have bigger and grow, we right have to salvage there first.”

Mr Westwood said for the rationale that tweet he had bought extra than 300 messages inquiring after books and 95 orders.

“It has been overwhelming, thoughts-blowing and if truth be told humbling. E-book-fans are a extremely particular folks, and all people has been so supportive.

“I’ve carried on this retailer for my father – while you would possibly per chance be affluent you don’t trip into the book industry. Books are particular issues and nothing beats going correct into a bookstore.

“Seeing them, touching them, smelling them – it is a various effect apart.”

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Author Neil Gaiman retweeted the bookstore’s message to his hundreds and hundreds of followers

He thanked Gaiman, creator of The Sandman, Coraline, and Proper Omens for the “orders we bought as a outcomes of the Gaiman bump”.

The shop, which sells antiquarian, 2d-hand and unusual books, has been at its contemporary home since 1958 but notorious its 100 birthday in 2018.

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