From The Bookseller:
The crucial role of physical bookshops to a healthy publishing industry was underlined this week by findings from both Bowker Market Research UK and research company Enders Analysis.
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“The single most effective technique for dismantling the physical book sector would be to accelerate the closure of bookshops,” said McCabe. “We estimate that when a bookshop closes, about a third of its sales transfer to another bookshop. This means as much as two-thirds of sales disappear. Some of this spend doubtless migrates online, but much of it vanishes from the book sector entirely.”
Both McCabe and Henry agreed on the crucial role of bookshop browsing. Discovery still does not work online, McCabe asserted. “Consumers do not browse the internet as is often suggested,” he said. Enders Analysis estimates that serendipity and discovery generate as much as two-thirds of UK general book sales, much of this down to bookshops. “There is almost nothing that can be done to sustain the health of the network of bookshops that should be collectively considered too extravagant,” McCabe said. “Without bookshops, publishing would have to rethink its model at every level.”
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Physical bookshops were particularly important for the children’s book market and for male book-buyers, the Books & Consumers survey found. They also outsell supermarkets in genres including literary, classic and historical fiction, SFF, horror and graphic novels, and travel, history, business, biography and humour in adult non-fiction. The survey found bookshops were stronger than Amazon in genres including religion and MBS, business books, art, computing and fitness/diet books.
However, the research showed a higher number of books being bought from internet-only businesses than from bricks-and-mortar stores for the first time in 2012.
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