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RIBA Bookshops

A key source for books on architecture, design and construction.

RIBA Bookshops not only have five stores in the UK but an award winning website that is full of news on the latest books on architecture, design and contruction that can be bought online. Owned by the Royal Institute of British Architects, this is without doubt the site to visit when you are looking for inspiration or guidance on building matters.

The homepage lists their bestsellers, a detailed featured review, links to new additions and special offers. The site is updated all the time and brings together a collection of books that are expertly sourced by their booksellers. The selection on offer will inspire and inform, down to heavy duty reading with books on contracts and building regulations. The professional can purchase JCT Contracts and practice management documents.

Either view the books by category or use the search facility. Subjects covered include DIY, interior design and decoration, architects and their projects, works on Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Richard Rogers, landscape and gardens. Check out Sarah Beeny's Developers Bible for tricks on making money in the property market or enjoy other peoples' dream homes with Kevin McCloud's Grand Designs. RIBA Bookshops also use the site as a platform for their own publications.

Each book has a brief synopsis, whilst also giving the visitor the opportunity to read about related items and the chance to see the other books customers bought. There are free downloads for which you to need to register. It is worth signing up for the newsletter, PREview, giving details of events, recommended titles from the book list, competitions and more. Download a sample copy to see what you can expect.

RIBA Bookshops is an excellent site giving up to the minute information on the latest publications on architecture and design, where both the amateur and professional will find things of interest.