Bookstore sales plunged during the pandemic, so independent sellers pivoted to the internet. They say the hybrid model is here to stay.
Shipping delays, reduced printing capacity and a paper shortage plague publishers and retailers as holiday shopping gets underway.
Book sales are up almost 8% this year. Mega online stores benefited the most, but some small players are pivoting in hopes of getting ahead.
"All the pandemic has done is shine a horrifyingly clear spotlight on every inequality in our community. And my community is the book community."
Independent bookseller Hannah Oliver Depp is struggling with suppliers in her mission to tell the stories of struggling people.
At Bookshop.org, a platform for independent bookstores, sales are way up.
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. Click the […]