Cookies Policy

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What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files downloaded to your computer when you access a website, and are stored on your computer’s hard-drive. The cookie is then read by the site’s web pages as you navigate them, allowing the site to recognise your browser and so “remember” who you are.

Our website sets three kinds of cookies, session cookies, persistent cookies and tracking cookies.

What Cookies do we use?

Session Cookies

Session cookies are temporary identifiers that allow our site to recognise your browser as you navigate from page to page. This is required in order for us to provide a secure and convenient shopping environment for you, by ensuring that your transactions and personal information are only accessible by you. Session cookies are required to allow you to access your account, add books to your shopping cart, place orders, view your previous orders, and to set personal preferences.

Our session cookies do not store any information that could be used to access your account, such as your account password. Session cookies are set to expire when your browser closes. Please see below for the list of cookies that we set to see which cookies are session cookies and what they do.

Persistent Cookies

Persistent cookies are cookies that are set to expire after a fixed amount of time, and so may remain stored on your browser after you have closed it or left our site. Persistent cookies set by our site are set to expire from anything between one day and one year after they are set, and are primarily used to store information about your preferences so that our site can “remember” them when you visit us again. They do not store any personal identifying data.

Please see below for the list of cookies that we set to see what they do and when they expire.

Tracking Cookies

Our website also sets Google Analytics tracking cookies to monitor our site traffic. These cookies record information relating to visits to our site, including the pages viewed, how long they were viewed for, and how the visitor arrived at our site. This information is not managed by us directly but is processed on Google’s servers in the United States. Google then makes this data available to us in a form which does not identify individual visitors but which allows us to analyse the performance of our website and to make improvements.

These tracking cookies do not record personal information, although they do collect IP addresses so that Google can analyse activity by geographical area. However, these IP addresses are “anonymized”, which means that your full IP address is not recorded. Furthermore, IP addresses are not associated with any other data held by Google in such a way that would allow the identification of individual visitors.

If you are concerned about tracking cookies on your computer, Google provides a free add-on for your browser that allows you to opt-out of Google Analytics cookies. It can be downloaded here.

Further information for site visitors is provided in Google’s Policy for Data Privacy and Security.

The Cookies We Set

The following cookies are used on our website.

CookieDescription
_gaSet by Google Analytics to distinguish users and to record the time of their first visit to the website; expires 2 years after it was last set or updated, and is updated every time data is sent to Google.
_gatSet by Google Analytics to throttle the rate at which requests are sent to the Google servers; expires after 1 minute.
_gidSet by Google Analytics to distinguish users; expires 1 day after it was last set or updated, and is updated every time data is sent to Google.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-analyticsSet by our site to record permissions for analytics cookies; expires after 1 year.
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessarySet by our site to record permissions for necessary cookies; expires after 1 year.
CookieLawInfoConsentSet by our site to record consent when you accept cookies; expires after 1 year.
mailchimp_landing_siteSet by Mailchimp; records the page on which you arrived on our site; expires after 4 weeks.
mailchimp.cart.current.emailSet by Mailchimp; stores email address when you log in to your account; session cookie; expires when you close your browser.
PHPSESSIDSet by Mailchimp; stores a session id for Mailchimp functionality; session cookie; expires when you close your browser.
viewed_cookie_policySet by our site to record that cookie consent banner has been clicked; expires after 1 year.
wcu_current_currencySet by our site when you complete an order; records the currency chosen for the transaction; expires after 1 day.
woocommerce_cart_hashSet by our site to determine when shopping cart contents change; session cookie; expires when you close your browser or when your cart is emptied.
woocommerce_items_in_cartSet by our site to determine when shopping cart contents change; session cookie; expires when you close your browser or when your cart is emptied.
wordpress_[hash]Set by our site when you log in to your account; records encrypted authentication data; session cookie; expires when you close your browser or when you log out.
wordpress_logged_in_[hash]Set by our site when you log in to your account; uses an encrypted id to record that you are logged in; session cookie; expires when you close your browser or when you log out.
wordpress_test_cookieSet by our site to check whether cookies are enabled on your browser; session cookie; expires when you close your browser.
wp_woocommerce_session_[hash]Set by our site to associate the correct shopping cart data with each customer; expires after 2 days.

Your Privacy Options

There are a number of options open to you for managing cookies, including opting out from them:

  1. You can choose not to accept cookies when browsing our website. Please note that this will opt you out from non-necessary cookies only, such as Google Analytics cookies. Cookies that are necessary for the operation of the site will continue to be set as and when they are required.
  2. If you accept cookies from our site, you can still withdraw your consent at any time, by clicking on the Reject button on the top of this page.
  3. You can change your browser settings to block or restrict cookies, or to delete cookies automatically when you close the browser window, so that your computer does not store any non-temporary cookies. Please see your browser’s documentation for details.
  4. You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies altogether by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this policy, or to purchase products offline.