Canadian independent bookstores are reporting a very positive 2015, with many stores citing double-digit growth in the year. PW spoke to a number of indie bookstores across the country who cited boosts from the “buy local” movement, and said André Alexis’s Giller Prize winner, Fifteen Dogs, was one of their bestselling titles of the year.
Cathy Jesson, president of Black Bond Books with 11 locations across British Columbia, said sales were up 15% for the last quarter of 2015. In addition to Fifteen Dogs, her stores did very well with adult coloring books. — Laura Godfrey
Laura Godfrey of Publishers Weekly reports that Canadian independent bookstores saw a significant boost in sales in 2015. Everyone at Shelfie is thrilled to hear this news. The Shelfie app is an app that offers free or discounted ebooks and audiobooks, but those deals are only available to readers who have purchased a print copy first. And that print book can be bought anywhere.
We’re partial to supporting local indie bookstores — no matter where we travel. From the sounds of it, we weren’t the only repeat customers at our local favourite indies Black Bond Books in Vancouver and Munro’s in Victoria.
Curious to learn why you should support Canadian independent bookstores or bookstores in your local city? Check out this Why Indies Matter graphic by BookNet Canada for a few reasons.
Read the rest of the report by Laura Godfrey on Publishers Weekly.