Prospero's Books closes its doors for final time

<p>Prospero&#39;s Books, an independent bookshop that traded in north London&#39;s Crouch End for more than 10 years, closed down on Christmas Eve.<br /><br />Tim Robinson, general manager of Prospero&#39;s sister shop, Muswell Hill Bookshop, said: &quot;It wasn&#39;t an easy decision, but it was a purely financial decision. The two basic reasons for the closure were, a) competition from mainly the internet and b) we had a big rent hike. Both of these together made it [the shop] unsustainable.&quot;<br /><br />He added that the shop had seen a fall in revenue in recent years, but stressed Muswell Hill Bookshop itself was safe from closure.<br /><br />Talking about indie booksellers in general, he said: &quot;The only way forward is for us to offer the customer service that is lacking over the internet.&quot;<br /><br />Unsold stock from the closed shop was being transferred to The Muswell Hill Bookshop. </p>