Indie booksellers 'hanging in there' as lockdown stretches towards April

Indie booksellers 'hanging in there' as lockdown stretches towards April

Indie booksellers remain generally optimistic they can “weather the storm” of the latest lockdowns, despite fears England's shop closures could last until April.

Press reports have suggested that non-essential stores could reopen in April, meaning bookshops are facing around three months of lockdown. However, most indies contacted by The Bookseller this week said factors like government grants, bookshop.org, home deliveries and loyal customers should help see them through.

Asher Woolford and Laura Iveson only launched their West Yorkshire shop Darling Reads in July 2020 and have spent the...

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