Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Indie Bookstore Growth Is Encouraging
The American Booksellers Association announced at its annual meeting, held at Book Expo America, that independent bookstores are growing. This is terrific news – and counter to what people think is going on in the book world.
ABA added 48 members last year. The 1,712 members is an increase from the 1,401 of 2009. The total number of stores also grew, from 1,651 five years ago to 2,227. Sales at independent stores were up for 47 of 52 weeks in 2014 vs. 2013 and 17 of the first 19 weeks in 2015 were up.
The ABA is an important trade organization. Founded 115 years ago, it works to help independently-owned bookstores grow and succeed. It also champions expanding the reach of children’s books, free speech, and using books to bring communities together. For more information, please see www.BookWeb.org.
The ABA is also active in the free speech movement. Its sister organization, American Booksellers For Free Expression, supports stores against censorship and encourages the selling of banned books. To learn more, see www.BookWeb.org/abfe/bannedbooksweek. By the way, Banned Books Week will be celebrated this year on September 27 through October 3.
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