Bittern Books is a division of Unilake Ltd, a private company owned and run by Steve and Liz Haines. For the last 15 years we have been running Coltishall Post Office and Stores and, in a small way, a seller of local interest and tourist books.
In 2018, when Tony Baker, of Linden Crescent Marketing told us he was retiring and running down his business we decided to set up Bittern Books to distribute books and maps to retail outlets in East Anglia. The book distribution part of his business was originally started by another subpostmaster, Owen Church, in Hemsby, Norfolk as 3C Books. Tony took it over six years ago and developed it further, also incorporating John Nickall’s distribution business.
Since we started the business we have extended the range, adding many new books and Dinky Maps. We have developed our marketing strategy, producing an annual printed catalogue and regular emails with updates on new products for our customers.
In early 2020 we launched this website to enable both trade and retail customers to order online. This provides for more dynamic update than using printed catalogues, although for the time being we will continue to produce an annual catalogue. We will continue to develop the website to provide more information and easy ordering for our trade customers.
Also in 2020 we will continue to visit our trade customers and look at recommending additions and updates to your stock range. We now have over 700 titles on our list, so I’m sure we can find the right products for you to stock.