Bookstores have been in the news lately and the subject has been their survival. This is a topic that has been debated since the rise of the chain stores--Barnes & Noble, Walden and others in the 1970s. It has been predicted ever since that the independent bookseller wouldn't be able to compete. In fact the market share of the independent bookseller has become a tiny percentage. But an indie bookstore can still have impact on publishing--staff can hand sell a book and push it to visibility, and nobody makes a better reading recommendation than an indie bookseller.
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