Book­shops buck Ama­zon threat... what a novel twist!

Daily Mail - - News - By Sean Poul­ter

RU­MOURS of the death of the tra­di­tional book­shop ap­pear to have been greatly ex­ag­ger­ated.

Fol­low­ing 20 years of de­cline, the num­ber of in­de­pen­dent book stores on the na­tion’s streets has grown for the se­cond year run­ning. De­spite the con­ve­nience of tablet de­vices like Ama­zon’s Kin­dle that can hold an en­tire li­brary, it seems they do not of­fer the same sim­ple plea­sure of hold­ing a book. Every­thing from the art­work, the abil­ity to flick back and forth, turn the cor­ner on a page, and even the smell of pa­per seem to be lur­ing Bri­tons back to the printed word.

The to­tal num­ber of in­de­pen­dent book­shops, which are mem­bers of the Book­sell­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, rose from 868 to 883 in the last year, show fig­ures pub­lished to­day. While the rest of the high street was ham­mered by a move to­wards on­line shop­ping be­fore Christ­mas, book­shops re­ported a surge in vis­its and sales.

The as­so­ci­a­tion said 73 per cent of out­lets re­ported their Christ­mas sales were up on the year be­fore. And 63.5 per cent said more peo­ple came through their doors. The as­so­ci­a­tion is now urg­ing the Gov­ern­ment to cut busi­ness rates for big­ger re­tail­ers.

Spokesman Meryl Halls said: ‘Book­shops, es­pe­cially our larger mem­bers, con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence un­equal busi­ness rates, and strug­gle along­side wider re­tail with un­fair com­pe­ti­tion from on­line re­tail­ers, as well as post-Brexit un­cer­tainty.’

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