From The New Republic, an article on the fall, sort-of-rise, and subsequent fall of the independent bookseller in America:
Needless to say, independent bookstores have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic and the government-mandated shutdown of the national economy. Few state bureaucrats have deemed bookstores as “essential”. Most have therefore been shut down for about two months at the time of this writing.
As the New Republic article explains, independent bookstores were battered by the rise of B&N and Borders superstores in the 1990s. This was before the rise of Amazon and ebooks..not to mention COVID-19.
After several decades of decline, indie bookstores bounced back somewhat between 2009 and 2019.
“They fostered a sense of community between business and consumer; their wares were curated specifically for their clientele; and they were places where people could physically convene. These were not just stores selling widgets, they were local hubs.”
So what do I think about the future of the independent bookstore? Continue reading “The imperiled indie bookstore business model”