At last, after over 30 years, Royston has its own independent bookshop again, where a wide range of books can be explored, discussed, purchased and ordered. A vital focal point where the community can celebrate the huge benefits of ‘the book’, for all ages. Times have changed. Book buying opportunities exist away from the High Street. Pressures abound for the viability of retailing generally and for traditional bookshops specifically, with competition from the internet, supermarkets and corporates. Bow Books meets that threat head on. New book special orders are price matched with Amazon. ‘Different’ titles are promoted at tempting prices, plus a loyalty scheme. And ‘three for two’ applies, not only to our unique range of second hand books, but crucially also to all our children’s books to incentivise the next generation to catch the ‘book bug’. Please support us if you can. Visit regularly. Volunteer your time. Donate books in good condition. Offer high quality books for us to purchase. We donate funds to a good cause every month, based on our turnover. Give us feedback and our stock range will modify itself ac- cordingly as trends and demands require. An events programme for your consideration and participation is also planned. Above all, keep reading…more and more. Try both established and new authors. Encourage family and friends to do likewise. Share the love of books. Celebrate the power of reading to bring pleasure to the whole community of Royston.


A bookshop in the heart of the community offering great value, friendly service and unrivalled bookselling experience, Bow Books is a treasure-trove of information, education, relaxation and entertainment. For more than half of his over 50 years in a wide variety of publishing and bookselling roles, Paul Bowes was the proprietor of the Book Castle in Dunstable - a widely praised, independent bookshop and local interest publisher. At Bow Books, along with younger family members and other supporters, he now offers Royston and the surrounding villages the same personal service. In supplying books for all ages and tastes, Bow Books provides everyone with the chance to browse and handle a wide range of books in their own local town.


VALUE A price match to Amazon’s main site on all pre-paid orders placed in store for any book in print ‘Three for two’ on thousands of second hand and bargain books ‘Three for two’ on all children’s books in our book den, with free collectable bookmarks Customer loyalty scheme on our intriguing selection of new adult books - many at special prices SERVICE Friendly, experienced help and advice to aid book selections Speedy delivery of special orders A search facility for out-of-print books…no find, no fee Rare and vintage books bought and sold EVENTS A spacious upstairs room is planned for author talks, book groups, meetings, exhibitions and children’s activities Book supply service for other local adult and children’s events AND MUCH, MUCH MORE Topographical and interesting postcards, plus other small collectables Book Tokens sold and exchanged HOW TO GET INVOLVED Apply to join our team of friendly volunteers and take priority advantage of all our special deals Donate your surplus books in good condition, or we consider purchasing specialist items. House book-clearances arranged Is there a deserving local cause that you would like us to support? A percentage of turnover is given each month, so suggest your preference for our consideration UNABLE TO VISIT? Wide-ranging online ordering available via or at their prevailing terms and prices. Please remember to nominate Bow Books, at each of them, as your favoured bookshop Or simply email, text or telephone your requirements to Bow Books direct

Opening Times

Open 6 days a week: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm Bow Books, 6 Angel Pavement, Royston, Hertfordshire SG8 9AS
Welcome to Bow Books Royston

Independent Bookshop: New and Secondhand


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