Independent Bookstores Making a Comeback

Independent Bookstores Making a ComebackThere is good news is that smaller book sellers have begun a slow comeback. This provides opportunity for local owners, their community and customers in their areas.

Rick Townley recently wrote and article that appears in the Washington Times titled Independent bookstores are making a comeback. He touts the comeback of many independent bookstores after declining sales and store closings for years. He attributes this trend to a number of factors, including the flexibility of small business owners and the changing attitudes of many customers.  Many store owners have realized that by offering things like wine and cheese to their customers, selling a variety of other products, and offering educational classes and readings, they can attract and hold clients. Townley points out that “between 2009 and 2012, the total number of independents rose from 1,400 stores  to around 1,900. Last year, sales at the small shops rose more than 8 percent  over 2011.”

Online book selling giants like Amazon continue to thrive in part because they have a varied business model that is not totally dependent on book sales. Even so, they do very well by using the big book chains as their reading room or showroom where potential customers browse potential books, then go online to purchase them at a discounted price, often with free shipping and no state sales tax. As a result, large bookstores like Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million are scrambling to survive in a competitive world of published books as the publishing industry as a whole suffers through an agonizing period of transition.

All of this is great news for the author and self publisher struggling to find new venues and strategies for promoting their book(s). They can offer readings and classes through local resources and promote their events through email, social media and online.

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About Robert W. Lucas

Bob Lucas has been a trainer, presenter and adult educator for over four decades. He who has written hundreds of articles on training, writing, self-publishing and workplace learning skills and issues. He is also an award-winning author who has written thirty-seven books on topics such as, writing, relationships, customer service, brain based learning and creative training strategies, interpersonal communication, diversity, and supervisory skills. Additionally, he has contributed articles, chapters and activities to eighteen compilation books. Bob retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1991 after twenty-two years of active and reserve service.
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