Indie bookstores to hold steady in a difficult retail market

NEW YORK – With shops close to the fastest pace since the crash of 2008, the head of the American Booksellers Association is grateful to be steadfast.

After seven consecutive years of growth, the core membership of the independent sellers’ trade group has decreased slightly since May, 2016, from 1,775 to 1,757. At the same time, the number of actual locations is increased from 2,311 to 2,321, as a result of a trend of the owners of the opening of additional stores

Independent sellers will join thousands of publishers, authors, agents and librarians in the industry’s annual national convention, BookExpo, which begins Wednesday.

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