A world without bookshops

Could the coronavirus crisis and the UK lockdown be offering the publishing industry a glimpse into a world without bookshops? Nielsen BookScan has so far spent five weeks unable to release volume or value figures or market data, due to the lockdown closing bricks-and-mortar shops. However, the positional bestseller rankings, in a market now dominated by Amazon and supermarket sales, show it’s almost business-as-normal for established brands. But that word-of-mouth effect on sales that bookshops can give quirkier bestsellers—the magic that turns an unknown debut into an Eleanor Oliphant or ...

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