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Number of independent bookstores in the United States from 2009 to 2017

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Number of independent bookstores in the U.S. 2009-2017 The graph shows the number of independent bookstores in the United States from 2009 to 2017. In 2017, there were 1,757 independent bookselling companies running 2,321 stores. During a recent survey in the United States, 20 percent of respondents stated that they still purchase most of their print books in store, in comparison to 22 percent who stated that they mostly buy books online. In 2015, bookstore sales in the United States amounted to 11.01 billion U.S. dollars, a decrease from over 15 billion U.S. dollars in 2010.
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The graph shows the number of independent bookstores in the United States from 2009 to 2017. In 2017, there were 1,757 independent bookselling companies running 2,321 stores. During a recent survey in the United States, 20 percent of respondents stated that they still purchase most of their print books in store, in comparison to 22 percent who stated that they mostly buy books online. In 2015, bookstore sales in the United States amounted to 11.01 billion U.S. dollars, a decrease from over 15 billion U.S. dollars in 2010.
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Release date
June 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2009 to 2017
Special properties
American Booksellers Association members
Supplementary notes
Figure for 'locations' for 2014 not available.
Figures other than for 2016 and 2017 come from earlier releases.

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