MAIN POINT BOOkS
Main Point Books stands up for print. Seek us out 77 Bread Street in Edinburgh’s once notorious West Port, now known as Edinburgh's 'book quarter'. Where murderers Burke and Hare once pounced, barrel-built bouncers outside the scattering of lapdancing clubs are known to burst into operatic arias. Here, the daily faithful thread their way to the Church of the Sacred Heart, while through this territory of saints and sinners, book lovers tread their own paths of pursuit and epiphany, in and out of the Westport's five secondhand bookshops.
Main Point Books hails book buyers with immoderate delight and also welcomes those who merely wish to browse our laden shelves, though talk of downsizing, fengshui and baggage allowances is not encouraged on the premises. Although erratic on many fronts, including opening hours (which can be described as sufficient), we are always interested in looking out for your elusive titles and always sell at reasonable prices. We maintain the proud Scottish tradition of bookselling with a frown. (If you don't get the joke, perhaps this is not the bookshop for you.)
We also host readings, rants and rumbustifications.
About fifteen years ago, Jennie Renton and her partner Richard Browne started Main Point Books in a small shop in Lauriston Street, before moving to 77 Bread Street. Rich's bag was mountaineering, beat writers and esoteric mysticism. Since his death in 2016, Jennie has maintained these subject areas, alongside literature, old technical books (she likes the pictures), food, philosophy, art and anything unusual. She was the founder editor, in 1986, of Scottish Book Collector, and produced over eighty issues of the magazine with the support of the Scottish Arts Council. A JCB has been hired to shift the archive of Interviews, Collecting and Writers and Writing onto the magazine section of this website. A freelance book editor, Jennie now concentrates on typesetting for publishers and individual clients. So if you think you have a book in you and want to get it out there, get in touch.