Why is hive different? is where the two worlds of online purchasing and high street shopping collide. You love the ease and luxury of shopping online, but you don't want to see the bricks and mortar shops on the high street disappear. With hive, every time you make a purchase you are supporting your local independent shop as well, just by continuing to do what you love - buying your books, eBooks, entertainment and stationery online. Happy days. To find out how hive is supporting these shops read on...

Hive network store locator

Using Hive's intelligent store locator powered by Google Maps, you can quickly and easily find all the independent shops in the UK and the ones nearest to you that are part of the hive network (over 360 shops nationwide!). Know the name of the shop you want to check out? Just type it in! Not too sure which shops are in your area? No problem! Just type your town or postcode into the box and let the search do the rest. Easy. Click here to use the store locator.

A % of every sale goes to a local retailer

Every time you make a purchase on hive, no matter how big or small, your local (or favourite if you've chosen one) independent shop on Hive will receive a percentage of the sale! So this means whilst you're buying your bits with us, your local independent will be benefitting from your online shopping too! Fantastic. Click here to choose a favourite shop.

Collect for FREE in-store!

With hive there is no need to worry about not being at home to receive that great big DVD boxset you want to order. At checkout simply choose to collect it from your local hive network shop ... for FREE! Not only is it convenient, but you get to visit your friendly local shop and remind yourself of how great it is. Click here to find a collection point.

What's happening in a shop near you

Every hive network shop has their own dedicated and bespoke homepage on - accessible via the store locator. Visit these pages to learn about their location, contact details, latest news and events, their recommendations, or if they're holding talks, signing sessions or festivals. If you've selected a favourite shop, you'll have a quick link to it on your homepage when logged in. Find a shop now!