How’s this for a plot twist? The once-disappearing bookstore business is showing signs of a comeback.
Barnes & Noble is actually opening stores
Throughout the 2010s, most stories about the chain included the word “embattled” as Amazon picked off business. Now, B&N expects to open ~30 new stores this year,
Credit hedge fund owner Elliott Management Corp., also behind top UK bookseller Waterstones, which bought a debt-laden B&N in 2019.
- Refocusing away from trinket sales, they gave local stores more autonomy over displays and welcomed influencers.
- Sales grew 4%+ last year.
Inner You’ve Got Mail fan worried about a Fox Books situation? Breathe easy — the number of independent bookstores is also on the rise. Last year, 334 indie stores
Women are driving this change
Book sales didn’t increase in a vacuum — releases from in-demand writers flooded the market. Of the 25
- Colleen Hoover nearly took as many slots on her own, selling 14.3m books last year.
- Powered by TikTok, she even outsold the Bible,
perThe New York Times.
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