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  • Independent bookstores making a quiet comeback
  • Independent bookstores making a quiet comeback
    Natalia Romay (2009) ©

Independent bookstores making a quiet comeback

There's no doubt that Amazon and e-readers have radically changed the way people buy and read books. But that's not to say that print or brick-and-mortar stores are dead. In 2015, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) counted 1,712 companies as core members, up from 1,664 in 2014.



  • Article image My Independent Bookshop: curating your own bookshelf

    With one new book added to Amazon every five minutes, the independent bookstores in the UK that haven’t already gone out of business are struggling to compete. By launching a personal, virtual bookshop, Penguin Random House is challenging the internet behemoth at its own game.

  • Article image BookTubers: the internet brings teens back to books

    Generally, e-reading simply involves tablets and e-books – but a new relationship is developing where literature and online virality are intertwined. Booktubers are broadcasting their favourite reads to thousands of fans. But how has YouTube become a home to bookworms?

  • Article image Endgame: turning a paperback into a multimedia journey

    As a publisher in the 21st century, how do you capture the attention of a generation of kids raised on tablets and computer games? Author James Frey thinks he has the answer – Endgame, a book that transcends its pages onto social networks and into the real world.

  • Article image Sensory Fiction: getting lost in a book

    Reading is an emotional experience. Books can make you laugh, cry or feel scared - but can technology make them even more immersive? MIT's Media Lab has created a book that lets you really feel and experience first-hand the emotions and environments described in the text.