October 26, 2020

How bookstores are weathering the pandemic

An article at Vox explores how independent bookstores in the USA are doing everything they can to stay in business: .... Powell's and other independent bookstores across the country face an uncertain and undoubtedly difficult future: Government assistance has dried up, foot traffic is still low, and the virus is again threatening to bring everything to a screeching halt. Independent bookstore owners dug deep into their wells of creativity and passion and found ways to transform their businesses to cope with Covid-19. But even so, according to the American Booksellers Association (ABA), 35 member bookstores have closed during the pandemic,...

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New York’s Strand bookstore appeals for help

The Strand Bookstore, a landmark of literary New York, is in serious trouble, appealing for customers to help it stave off closure amid the coronavirus pandemic. "We've survived just about everything for 93 years," proprietor Nancy Bass-Wyden said in a statement, of the store her grandfather founded in 1927... We are the last of the 48 bookstores still standing from 4th Avenue's famous Book Row. Bass-Wyden said revenue was down nearly 70% from 2019. Though a government loan and cash reserves saw the store through the first eight months of the pandemic, she said, "we are now at a turning...

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