In the U.K., there’s a movement starting: Brits are converting abandoned post-industrial buildings to bookstores!
According to a 2014 post in Atlas Obscura, “By filling empty storefronts with used and antiquarian bookshops, and hosting literary festivals, the goal is to attract new visitors in the form of bibliophiles.”
The trend continues on this side of the pond; indie bookshops are staging a comeback as well, in spite of the rise of online bookselling.
What the Numbers Say:
- Sales at all book shops: up 2.5 percent in 2015
- Sales at independent books shops: up 10 percent in 2015