Despite the grumbling of everyone you know, Reuters says indy booksellers aren’t actually doing that badly. The key to this surprising success? Competition from Google is driving innovation. Go figure.
While book sales are down, industry experts say the demand for bookstores with a local feel remains strong.
Bookstore owners say the industry has found new life with the locavore movement, which puts a premium on locally grown or raised food. The trend has brought farmers markets and by extension breweries and craft soap factories to cities.
“People are rediscovering the value of an independent store that’s connected to their neighborhood and understands them and their tastes,” said Jessica Stockton Bugnolo, who opened Greenlight Bookstore this year.