Some positive reporting from AP:

NEW YORK (AP) — Independent booksellers may never regain the stature of the pre-digital, pre-superstore era, but their presence continues to grow.

The American Booksellers Association, the independents’ trade group, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that core membership has increased to 1,664, up from 1,632 last year and more than 200 higher since 2009. It’s the fifth straight increase

“To be sure, owning and operating an indie bookstore remains full of challenges, and things in the book business continue to change incredibly quickly,” (Association President Oren) Teicher said. “But while it may very well once have been true that in retail bigger was always better, I think our recent history proves otherwise.”

With a growing amount of independent sellers operating more than one store, the number of actual outlets topped 2,000 for the first time since 2005…

Book lovers coming back and going local.

Imagine that…

open bookstorePatrons hold a meeting in the Book Cellar,
an independent bookstore based in Chicago, Ill.
[photo Ann Hermes, via The Christian Science Monitor]

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