Two Bristol-based independent publishers have joined forces to offer retailers a source of local West Country books for their shelves.

Tangent Books, based in Paintworks, the city’s leading independent publisher with a huge range of witty fiction, factual, poetry and art books has linked with Bristol Books, which publishes local history and biographies to support independent shops, stall holders and retail outlets.

The new service enables those who want to sell quirky, interesting and local West Country books on subjects ranging from Banksy, through cider, Adge Cutler and wartime Bristol stories to stock them from one source.

Richard Jones of Tangent Books said: “The region is blessed with some fantastic independent retailers that want West Country made products on their shelves. We have two small local businesses that produce quality local books for a huge range of tastes.

“Sadly bookshops are in decline with many of the bigger chains now having centralised buying systems that make it more difficult for their local outlets to do business locally. We are now looking to sell our products through gift shops, market stall holders, farm shops, cider outlets, Cafes and anyone who wants to make a good margin and believe their customers would like to browse and buy books.

“Because we are two small businesses we can bespoke the range for each outlet. So, if you only want books of interest to women; or you only want poetry; or only food and drink related; or just about graffiti art and Banksy we can supply the display.”

Martin Powell from Bristol Books said: “We have joined forces now as many retailers tell us that books sell well in the run-up for Christmas when people are looking for that different present for their mum or dad or a cousin. “Joining our resources enables us to just supply for the Christmas period and take back any that don’t sell so it is no risk for retailers, who want to test whether it is successful for them.”

Anyone wishing to stock a selection of local books can view them at www.tangentbooks.co.uk and can contact Richard Jones on Richard@tangentbooks.co.uk or call 0117 9720645.