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“Independent bookstores once again fulfilled their mission to put the right book in the hands of readers and book buyers while growing their businesses in what obviously remains a challenging environment.”

According to Publisher Weekly, bookstore sales rose 2.5% in 2015 over 2014, the first annual increase since 2007. Brick-and-mortar bookstore sales were down 365 in 2014 from their 2007 peak. It’s inspiring news for independent bookstores because the sales figure means people are still buying books—and they are buying in their local bookstores. The success of indies hinge on the creation of a community where people come together and talk about books.

E-book sales began to slow down while the number of new bookstores increased by about 4.4% in 2015. This is exactly what I mean by “having something at your fingertip doesn’t mean you will get it.” Ipads don’t create more readers. There is a resurgence in the fortunes of independent bookstores, and this trend is more sustained than after the demise of Borders in 2011, when indies took over the share of businesses. Indies once again fulfill their mission to put the right book in the hands of readers while growing businesses in what obviously remains a challenging environment.

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  1. Aren’t these interesting stats. The same is happening here in Tasmania, Australia. I live in a city of 200,000 people and we have two main independent book stores, a chain store, and several very good second hand book stores m plus a co I please of antiquarian bookstores. All are doing well. Use of cafes, activities, author events and creative face booking all enjoy strong following. It truly is a bookish community and yet our school retention rate past grade is only 50%.It is really quite remarkable and I hope it continues yet for a long time. Still enjoying your posts. You must visit Tasmania sometime. Pam

    • Pam, great to hear the independent bookstores are thriving in Tasmania. I think people finally realize that they don’t want the distributors and big box stores to determine what they are reading. My indies here promote foreign literature, new authors, and titles that Barnes & Noble would not even carry. Indie is where a slice of community comes together and talks about reading. Glad we are going the right way!

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