Be of good cheer

Further to Jane’s wonderful optimistic post yesterday, I thought I’d share another piece of good news: According to today’s New York Times, bookstores are back!

Okay, we all know that the Times is hardly trustworthy (to put it mildly) when it comes to their reporting on the publishing industry, and per usual, there’s a fair share of anecdotal overreach here. But even with the caveat that the massive sales projected for tablets could likely affect print sales next year, the overall picture they paint right now is pretty darn rosy. So nice to see some happy independent booksellers out there!

It’s also nice that the success seems to be spread across different categories, with fiction and non both holding strong. And while the props for beautiful illustrated books dovetails a little too neatly with the Times recent article about book design—hey, in the spirit of the holidays, I’ll give ‘em that one.

So with the usual grain of salt taken, I hope this provides some uplift for all you readers who support your local bookstore—your purchases are making a difference this year!

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