Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Books Are Back


Books are back
  • Sales at all book shops: up 2.5 percent in 2015
  • Sales at independent books shops: up 10 percent in 2015
  • No. of independent book shops: up 22 percent since 2009
Source: American Book Sellers Association, U.S. Census Bureau

Employee Dustin Holland checks in books at the Barbed Wire Book Store in Longmont on Tuesday. For more photos of the bookstore go to www.dailycamera.com

Across the country, chain and independent book stores are alive and for the most part well, as readers reach out to buy physical books, to earmark pages, thumb through appendices, write in margins and immerse themselves in words.

Sales at all book stores rose some 2.5 percent last year, according to the U.S. Census bureau.
But sales at independent book shops rose even more, according to the American Book Sellers Association. In this category, sales have risen consistently every year since 2009, with sales in 2015 up 10 percent over the previous year. To date in 2016, sales are up 5 percent.

At the same time, the number of book stores is on the rise. Since 2009, the number of independent shops has increased 22 percent, growing from 1,401 to 1,712. And individual stores are expanding. By 2015, the number of locations had grown 34.8 percent, according to the book sellers association, growing from 1,651 stores in 2009 to 2,227 outlets last year.

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