I see a lot on social media about the resurgence of independent bookstores in the US so I was interested when I saw this article on independent bookstores in the UK. It seems the rise of the independent is not limited by geography and the reasons for it are strikingly similar.
The shop local movement and the increase in cost of ebooks by traditional publishers is not a strictly US phenomenon so it stands to reason that those are both factors in the UK as well. In fact, the article states that, “According to data group Euromonitor, the UK is now buying around half the number [of ebooks] that it was five years ago.”
Like in the US, independent bookstores in the UK are increasingly using their community knowledge and building their stores around more than the latest bestseller. Some have story times for children, some have coffee or cocktail bars, some include art classes, but all of them have become community destinations.