12 Dec '11, 9am

UK bookshops struggle to survive

UK bookshops struggle to survive

LONDON: Figures show that fewer bookshops are opening on UK high streets, as book sales struggle to compete with discounts offered by online markets, as well as a rise in the popularity of e-books and tablets. But the lack of growth in the bookshop business has not pointed to the extinction of physical book sales. In the run up to the holiday season, book discounts are aplenty. And with e-reader sales on the rise and discounted books on offer online, it's proving a tough time for the traditional bookshop. With physical book sales down nearly 10 per cent since the summer, it's no wonder the famous Notting Hill Travel Book Shop that inspired the hollywood film, failed to survive. It has recently joined a growing number of book businesses closing up shop on UK high streets. Neil Denny, editor of 'The Bookseller', said: "The actual closures average about one a week, so you're ...

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