US indie bookstores 'on the rise again' after pandemic challenge

US indie bookstores 'on the rise again' after pandemic challenge

Indie bookstores in the US are “on the rise again” but face challenges as the country opens up after a roiling 15 months, the American Booksellers Association's new president has said.

Bradley Graham, co-owner of one of the US' best-known indies, Politics and Prose in Washington, DC, recently assumed the ABA's presidency and addressed its annual meeting and town hall on Thursday. As is the custom, he began with some numbers.

There are now 1,700 ABA members in 2,100 locations—not quite the high of recent years that saw 1,900 and 2,500 respectively. The ABA lost 80 members to closures in th...

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