US indie bookshop numbers soar

US indie bookshop numbers soar

The news coming from the American Booksellers Association at BookExpo America (BEA) is that there’s been a net increase of 660 independent stores since 2009 – a reflection if ever there was one of the growing power of localism in the US.

Although slightly fewer booksellers have come to Chicago than were in New York last year – due in part to growing popularity of ABA’s Winter Institute - two-thirds of those gathered here, according to c.e.o. Oren Teicher, haven’t attended a BEA for quite some time, so publishers are meeting a very different mix. That’s good - with a lot more participation ...

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