The closing of Border’s hasn’t suddenly spelled good news for independent bookstores.Though some small shops have been savvy in accepting Border’s coupons and gift cards, a bigger threat still looms large: the likes of Amazon and the Kindle.
A recent survey showed online book retailers saw an astounding 88.8 % increase in sales between 2008 and 2010, driven by eBook purchases.
Meanwhile, independent booksellers hung onto a minuscule 4% market share of all online and in-store sales — and that’s declining.
We came across these totally dispiriting photos on Buzzfeed that show just how bad things have gotten for independent bookstores.
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