Retail book website launched to promote Northern Ireland writers

Authors in Northern Ireland now have a new avenue in which to promote their books with the launch of a new retail website dedicated to the promotion of authors from Northern Ireland. BooksNI.com is run by the Newtownards-based publisher Colourpoint Books, Wesley and Malcolm Johnston, and has more than 600 titles available for sale from the site.

Wesley Johnston said: "What distinguishes BooksNI.com from other book websites is the opportunity given to local writers through our primary focus on local publishing.

"Many local books do not appear on national sites and when they do there is often scant information, no cover image and it can take four to six weeks to get the book. This website reflects our love of local publishing with genuine interest, local knowledge and local relationships."

The site was launched with an event at the Linen Hall Library in Belfast, where Northern Irish author Stuart Neville gave a reading of his latest novel, The Twelve. Wesley Johnston also presented the library with a £500 donation.

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