Independent bookseller have grown for the FIFTH consecutive year after

Are Gen Z bringing back bookshops? Number of independent sellers has grown for the FIFTH consecutive year after two decade decline as young people shun Amazon for Instagram-friendly smaller retailers

  • Number of independent bookshops in UK has risen for a fifth consecutive year
  • This marks half a decade of growth following more than 20 years of decline
  • In part due to the explosion of book-friendly trends on Instagram and TikTok
  • TikTok에서 – the platform favoured by those in their late teens and early 20s – 이상 34 billion people have watched videos related to books
  • From the late nineties to the mid 2010s, it seemed independent bookshops were dying out in favour of the growing beast of ecommerce.

    The likes of internet juggernauts like Amazon saw the high street sales dwindle with independent shops closing all over the UK.

    But young people may be saving the humble high street shop, as they favour Instagram-friendly indies instead of ordering online.

    The number of independent bookshops in membership of the The Booksellers Association (which represents independent, chain and non-traditional booksellers across the UK and Ireland) has grown for the fifth consecutive year, marking half a decade of growth following more than 20 years of decline.

    Young people may be saving the humble high street shop, as they favour Instagram-friendly indies instead of ordering online. 사진: Book instagrammer Alice Myles in John Sandoe (Books) in central London

    Young people may be saving the humble high street shop, as they favour Instagram-friendly indies instead of ordering online. 사진: Book instagrammer Alice Myles in John Sandoe (Books) in central London

    Daunt Books (사진) in London's Marylebone, has seen more than 100,000 people tag their account or location on Instagram

    Daunt Books (사진) in London’s Marylebone, has seen more than 100,000 people tag their account or location on Instagram

    Many influencers (사진) pose browsing bookshelves in city and countryside shops across the UK

    Many influencers (사진) pose browsing bookshelves in city and countryside shops across the UK

    Number of independent bookshops in membership of the The Booksellers Association (which represents independent, chain and non-traditional booksellers across the UK and Ireland) has grown for the fifth consecutive year, marking half a decade of growth following more than 20 years of decline. 사진: One Instagram user in a bookshop

    Number of independent bookshops in membership of the The Booksellers Association (which represents independent, chain and non-traditional booksellers across the UK and Ireland) has grown for the fifth consecutive year, marking half a decade of growth following more than 20 years of decline. 사진: One Instagram user in a bookshop

    One shopper is pictured posing in the York Emporium bookshop as thousands of young people reveal they're shopping in stores

    One shopper is pictured posing in the York Emporium bookshop as thousands of young people reveal they’re shopping in stores

    #bookstagram has seen more than 70 million shares on Instagram, while millions more have posted photos with the likes of #independentbookshop and #booklover. Pictured a shopper in a UK store

    #bookstagram has seen more than 70 million shares on Instagram, while millions more have posted photos with the likes of #independentbookshop and #booklover. Pictured a shopper in a UK store

    Bookshops now have become tourist attractions - with many influencers posing up a storm among books across the UK. Daunt Books, in London's Marylebone (사진) has seen more than 100,000 people tag their account or location on Instagram.

    Bookshops now have become tourist attractionswith many influencers posing up a storm among books across the UK. Daunt Books, in London’s Marylebone (사진) has seen more than 100,000 people tag their account or location on Instagram.

    Bookshops themselves are posting pictures of their own shops in steps to built up a community

    Bookshops themselves are posting pictures of their own shops in steps to built up a community

    The figures were released as part of its annual membership survey, which revealed that the number of independent bookshops in BA membership at the end of 2021 grew to 1027 상점, up from 867 에 2016.

    This marks the highest number of bookshops in BA membership since 2013, which is in part due to the explosion of book-friendly trends on Instagram and TikTok.

    #bookstagram has seen more than 70 million shares on Instagram, while millions more have posted photos with the likes of #independentbookshop and #booklover.

    TikTok에서 – the platform favoured by those in their late teens and early 20s – 이상 34 billion people have watched videos related to books.

    Bookshops now have become tourist attractionswith many influencers posing up a storm among books across the UK.

    Daunt Books, in London’s Marylebone, has seen more than 100,000 people tag their account or location on Instagram.

    New independent bookshops which opened in 2021

    • Afrori Books, 브라이튼
    • BOOK Leighton Buzzard
    • Bookhaus, 브리스톨
    • DNA Norwich, 노퍽
    • FOLDE Dorset, 도싯
    • Gloucester Road Books, 브리스톨
    • Outwith Books, 글래스고
    • Upper Street Bookshop, 런던

    • Rare Birds Books, 에든버러
    • Storyville Books, Rhondda
    • The bound, 노섬벌 랜드
    • The Accidental Bookshop, 노섬벌 랜드
    • The Athlone Bookshop, County Westmeath, 아일랜드
    • The Ivybridge Bookshop, 데본
    • The Reading Tree, 노 샘프 턴셔

    광고

    The store, 개점 1912, claims to be the first custom-designed bookshop in the world and is filled with balcony, exposed beam and green lighting.

    It’s previously been named the second most Instagrammable bookshop in the world.

    Another that regularly tops lists is the Word On The Water, a floating bookshop on a barge near King’s Cross which has racked up 20,000 Instagram 팔로워.

    Meryl Halls, Managing Director at the Booksellers Association, told FEMAIL: ‘After a challenging few years for the bookselling sector, it is reassuring to see the number of independent bookshops in BA membership grow for a fifth consecutive year.

    ‘The fact that the number of bookshops can increase in the face of lockdowns, restrictions and supply chain issues demonstrates the passion, innovation and determination of booksellers, who continue to bring books to readers even in the most challenging circumstances’.

    TikTok에서 - the platform favoured by those in their late teens and early 20s - 이상 34 billion people have watched videos related to books. Pictured is Foster Books in Chiswick, 웨스트 런던

    TikTok에서 – the platform favoured by those in their late teens and early 20s – 이상 34 billion people have watched videos related to books. Pictured is Foster Books in Chiswick, 웨스트 런던

    Shots of exteriors are also popular online. THe Brick Lane Bookshop in east London is a popular Instagram spot

    Shots of exteriors are also popular online. THe Brick Lane Bookshop in east London is a popular Instagram spot

    Many book worms have taken to Instagram to show off their love for books online - including this one in Hay on Wye

    Many book worms have taken to Instagram to show off their love for books onlineincluding this one in Hay on Wye

    It comes amid a trend of people being more mindful with their shopping post-lockdown, with many people looking to shop locally, according to BarclayCard data.

    Additional time has also meant people are doing more research to ensure the products they buy are made ethically, Retailers can take advantage of this by highlighting their ‘mindful’ credentials; nudging more consumers to make a purchase, something many independent retailers do.

    But the rise of independent bookshops doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

    The Booksellers Association even has tips for bookshops on how to use social media as a bookshopcalling it a ‘community-building tooland an ‘extremely useful way to market your bookshop’.

    Let me take a shelfie! Falmouth bookshop shared a snap of their display to their fans online

    Let me take a shelfie! Falmouth bookshop shared a snap of their display to their fans online

    Book Bar UK, in north London, often shares snaps of their books and in store events online

    Book Bar UK, in north London, often shares snaps of their books and in store events online

    West End Lane Books, in north London, also shared snaps inside their cosy store

    West End Lane Books, in north London, also shared snaps inside their cosy store

    Meryl added: ‘While we celebrate this good news as we head into the new year, it is important to recognise the context for this growth.

    ‘The high street is still in a precarious position, with potential disruption to retail activity and consumer confidence on the horizon, the playing field still skewed in the favour of tech giants, and supply chains causing issues across retail.

    ‘While booksellers continue to be leaders on their high streets and main streets, as evidenced in the research undertaken for the BA by the Institute of Place Management (IPM), they need to be supported in order to keep doing their important work.

    ‘We will continue to lobby the Government to support booksellers and provide proper assistance and guidance, and are working with publishers and distributors to ease the effect of supply chain issues on bookshops.

    '과, as ever, we will work to encourage the public to choose bookshops whenever they can.

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