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U.S. bookstores finally turning the page?

For years, experts have been predicting the extinction of the bricks and mortar bookstore amid the tidal wave of digital technology. With eBook sales topping $7 billion last year, their predictions have certainly proven accurate. In the first half of 2009, sales in American bookstores were also worth around $7 billion and this fell to $5 billion during the first six months of 2014.

The biggest half-year drop in book sales occurred between 2011 and 2012 when business fell 10.5 percent. However, something unexpected happened in 2015. The downward trend halted between January and June with sales climbing a slight 1.9 percent. The whole of 2015 proved successful for bookstores with sales rising 2.5 percent, the first annual gain for the sector since 2007.

Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that this increase wasn’t a one-off event. In the first six months of 2016, sales at bookstores increased 6.1 percent, hitting $5.4 billion. Could it be that America’s bookstores are finally turning the page? The dramatic revival of vinyl proved that technology’s relentless march can be countered by old school mediums. It looks like those dusty old books might be doing the same.

Infographic: Are U.S. Bookstores Finally Turning The Page? | Statista
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