‘The day that Indigo opened, our business went down 40 percent,’ says bookseller Oscar Malan. Sixteen years later, the big-chain store would leave.
With bookstore expansions and a community-wide pride in hand-selling, Bengaluru has cinched a reputation as a book town.
Russia’s Ministry of Culture promises favorable rent rates to bookshops, but how much can that help with a dearth of Russian bookstores?
‘We don’t have a problem with space,’ says Alexandre Gaudefroy. His bookshop can provide you with one of millions of titles, while you wait. Print-on-Demand has a dedicated foothold in Paris.
‘Heavy discounting will destroy market order, and idiotic populism will come to reign,’ says Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo, whose Tokyo base aggressively supports English and other-language work.
With 42 percent of Spain’s population reporting to surveys that they’re not reading books, last week’s symposium in Madrid about bookselling had an extra edge of urgency.
General Growth Properties states that its CEO’s comment about Amazon bookstore expansion “was not intended to represent Amazon’s plans” after widespread speculation about hundreds of new stores sweeps industry.
Oren Teicher, CEO of American Booksellers Association, and three booksellers discuss how low-cost of technology has enhanced the indie bookselling business.
In Germany, publisher Bastei Lübbe and bookseller Hugendubel offer vending machines where you can donate unwanted gifts in exchange for new books.
In a creative use of the platform, crowdfunding publishing site Inkshares has recruited indie bookstores to publish original anthologies with the site.