Scottish book trade backed to bounce back with gusto from Coronavirus blow

Scottish book trade backed to bounce back with gusto from Coronavirus blow

Prior to the Covid-19 crisis, Scotland’s book trade was in good health. Last year saw robust sales through the tills, several independent bookshops opening (including Topping & Company and The Portobello Bookshop in Edinburgh), new branches of Waterstones and a thriving events and festivals scene.

This positivity is now tempered by the very real threat that lockdown poses to the trade. Kristian Kerr, publicity manager of Edinburgh-based Birlinn, says: “Like all small businesses, we are nervous. We know the trade will pull together to get through, but none of us can pretend that this is not...

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