Aaliya’s Books, a much-loved Beirut bookstore named for a character in a Rabih Alameddine novel, has lost the battle to stay open—for now.
Six shortlisted books include four debuts in this year’s Goldsboro Books program, with a winner coming in late September.
The pandemic’s effects on bookselling have been mingled with those of Brexit, as booksellers from Sweden and Ireland explain.
The Goldsboro ‘Glass Bell’ award is selected by the booksellers of one of London’s most prominent independent retailers.
Ingram Content Group seeds Binc’s ‘Survive to Thrive’ bookstore grant program, with additional major support from publishers and Bookshop.org.
French booksellers get digital help from Intermarché, as they struggle without an ‘essential business’ exemption during the pandemic.
In the States, S&S is working with Bookshop.org, and in Britain and Ireland, the Books Are My Bag program has Charlie Mackesy’s artwork.
The Independent Bookshop of the Year category of the 2019 Nibbies has a 48-store shortlist and is broken into nine regions in its initial round.
The share of online sales of books could be as high as 35 percent in the Russian market within five years, according to one executive.
In Russia, a government plan to provide lower-cost retail sites to independent booksellers at state cultural facilities may help smaller bookstores survive.