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How to Use our Website

I’m mindful of the fact that lots of people visiting our website are doing so for the first time.

If that’s you: welcome to our humble bookshop!

(If you’ve visited before: hello, and welcome back!)

I thought it might be useful to do a “how to” on how to find your way around, and to place an order.

I’m assuming that you’ve found this post by clicking on a facebook or twitter link, so I’ll start from here.

The red circle highlights the section that you’re looking at. You can see along the top, underneath the logo, is a menu of the main pages on the website.

A screeen capture of the front page of the website. the Blog section of the menu is highlighted

From this menu, you can navigate through the site. If you click on “Welcome” you’ll see the “landing page”, or the page you’ll come to if you type into your browser’s address bar.
(you can bookmark that in the browser, if you want to!)
At the time of press, the Welcome page has a big heading explaining about possible delays because of covid – I will normally have a friendly “welcome” message there.

The next one along is “Shop”, which is where you’ll find everything we’ve got listed for sale on the website. You can read more about each item and you can generally browse the books (and toys).
The shop section is the most important part of the website, as it will describe each book/toy/map to you, give you extra information about the author, allow you to read excerpts, and download activity or teaching resources for the books.

When you’re in the Shop, you can add items to your basket, which shows at the top corner of each page.

Above the basket icon is a “search products” button and below it is a general website “search” button.



Checkout and My Account are next in the menu – Checkout is to buy your lovely goodies, and it will take you to your basket (which you can also get to by clicking on the basket at the top). In checkout, you can pay by card, Paypal or National Book Tokens. If you have a discount code, then there is a box for that too (until the end of April 2021, there’s a discount code for World Book Day – £1 off a normal priced book – just enter your WBD token barcode into the box)

The last menu item is Terms and Conditions – this one outlines our privacy policy (basically what we do with your data), and what the legal terms are around buying items from us. It’s a long page, but it’s very important!

There’s another menu on the right hand side of the page – “Recent Posts” – that’s this Blog and the most recent posts on here. You can also find out more about what we’ve been doing on our facebook and instagram.

screen capture of the middle of the page - it's described in the main text of this postAs you scroll further down the page, you’ll see our standard welcome, and on the right hand menu, you’ll see a list of the categories our books fall into.
As the majority of our books are children’s, we’ve also got an “Adult” section. Everything else is Children’s.
There’s a separate category for BookTime magazine, which we will always try to highlight in the Blog posts for that issue.

I haven’t read every book in the shop, but I’ve read quite a few! and I’ve tried to add extra content to the lists to make it easier to decide if the book is for you.

At the bottom of the alphabetic list (I can’t change the order of the list!), you can see the Teenage/Young Adult section. I’ve deliberately separated books aimed at YA or teens, because it’s like a shop in itself!
As a website lends itself to allowing me to put books in more than one category, if the books appear only in this section, it’s very unlikely that they’ll be suitable for younger readers – that means they will have violence, swearing, talks about relationships that are too grown up for younger readers. As always, I recommend you as grown ups to decide whether your child may read the books in that section: I know that all children are different. I’m always on hand to answer any questions about suitability (and recommend books).

In the middle of the page, you can see “Shop by…” sections. They’re quite fun for browsing, so do take a look!

scren print of the bottom of page - described in the main textAt the bottom of the page is the Footer menu.
That’s where you can link to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and our phone number and email address is there too, for quick reference.

At the very bottom is the link to our T&Cs, and a little advert for Woocommerce, which is the programme we’re using for the shop.

There’s also a Searcg function, which is at the very top right of the page, and also on the right-hand menu, underneath the ToyMark logo.
On mobile devices, the search should be at the bottom of the page with the basket icon.

Hopefully, this page will help you to navigate the website, and we look forward to receiving your orders!
Please do browse around, read the posts, have a look at the books to read about them and find your new favourite!