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Independent bookstores are thriving, but a threat looms

Renata Sago Dec 31, 2018
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Could the "indie renaissance" that has been helping independent bookstores thrive also cause their downfall?
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This isn’t a bad time to be in the independent bookstore business. The American Booksellers Association says there’s been a nearly 31 percent increase in the number of indie bookstores since 2009. The indie renaissance coincides with the collapse of national book chains. One threat to bookstores’ future: rising rents and labor costs.

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