Indie bookshop decline over, says BA

Indie bookshop decline over, says BA

The decline in independent bookshop numbers witnessed over the last decade could finally be halting, the Booksellers Association has revealed.

The trade body’s chief executive Tim Godfray said there had been a “slight increase” in its independent bookshop membership figures in 2017 to date.

Although the BA will not release official figures until early 2018, Godfray said in a letter to publishers: “The arrest in the decline in independent bookshops seems to have happened; the next year or so will tell us whether it is reversing.”

The news follows 11 straight years of net declines in indep...

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