The Fate Of The Independent Bookstore

Feb 10, 2015

The American Booksellers Association says that independent bookstores are not dying, and in fact they have been on the rise for five years in a row.
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The digital age sparked a public discourse about the fate of the independent bookstore. 

Commercial giants like Barnes & Noble and Amazon loom large, but the American Booksellers Association (ABA) says the tides may be turning. They report that more than 400 new independent bookstores have popped up around the country since 2009. 

The ABA hosts its 10th winter institute in Asheville this week, featuring publishers, authors and booksellers from around the country. 

Host Frank Stasio talks to featured author Kelly Link, who recently published a new collection of short stories called “Get in Trouble” (Random House/2015).  He is also joined by ABA president Steve Bercu who is also the co-owner of BookPeople in Austin, Texas.