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Simon Beattie
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Simon Beattie
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Rare book seller

After a decade working for London bookshop Bernard Quaritch, Simon Beattie set out to shake up the old-fashioned world of antiquarian bookshops and launched his own, specialising in European and cross-cultural history.

Keen to breathe new life into a sector that was stuck in the past, Beattie has focused on beautiful design and social media. He has worked with designers to produce striking catalogues, an investment that has paid off - all of the catalogues so far have sold 90 per cent of the listed books. He writes a blog about his new discoveries and engages with customers on Twitter and Facebook, something else that is unheard of in the world of rare book outlets.

Working on the belief that if you have the right books, you can sell them, Beattie has also exhibited in the US and continues to develop the digital side of his business.

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