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October 25, 2005

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ash

I did some research lately into bookshops. It appears that, statistically, bookshops are a dying breed. They just cannot compete with Amazon et al.

This is okay for giants like Blackwells, because they have their own fully-fledged online stores and can afford to run highstreet shops at a wee loss or a break-even (they may, however, choose not to do so).

But your little second-hand bookshop, or the small christian bookshop can't always survive in a market like this.

The exception, of course, are "booktowns" or places where there are a number of renowned book shops close together (Charing Cross Road, or Hay on Wye come to mind). It is a sad end to be sure. Personally, I'd like to come up with a way of reviving the old discount bookshops...

suggestions on a postcard...

brodie

I guess I'm part of the problem - i buy most books now from amazon or abebooks. This does however mean that I miss finding that gem of a book that jumps off the book shelf and grabs you.

RobertB

If you're visiting Galloway & Porter, then the basement of SPCK round the corner on Sussex St is probably still worth a visit too.

As an online alternative for G&P's remaindered books, psbooks.co.uk is useful to know about, even if not quite the real thing. ;-)


(Even some of the highstreet giants seem to have struggled on the online market. Waterstones launched their own site, installed instore terminals, then got cold feet and cut a deal with Amazon.)

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