The Bookseller reports that the UK’s Bookshop online store has raised £500,000 for independent bookstores in its first month of operation. There has been a little grumbling about the start-up, as evidenced in this New Statesman piece, but consensus seems to be that it is “a good thing”. Clearly places like Blackwell’s which already have a vigorous online operation will benefit less that many bookstores.

In the U.S., Bookshop.org has raised just over $9.5 million for independent bookstores since starting earlier this year.

Bookshop.org allows independent bookshops to create their own virtual shopfronts on the site. This capability is also available to publishers and magazines — independent bookstores do still benefit from traffic on such storefronts. For example if you read online a review of a book in The New York Review of Books, you can buy a copy at Bookshop.org by clicking on the book title which will take you to the publication’s “store” at Bookshop.org. The link to The Look of the Book at my recent post What a book cover can do takes you to LitHub‘s Bookshop storefront.