Books

The French Shrug At E-Books

Small bookstores aren’t in trouble in France as they are in the U.S.

There are two things the French don’t throw out: bread and books.

As independent bookstores crash and burn in the U.S. and Britain, the book market in France is doing just fine.

France boasts 2,500 bookstores and for every neighborhood bookstore that closes, another seems to open. From 2003 to 2011 book sales in France increased by 6.5 percent.

E-books account for only 1.8 percent of the general consumer publishing market here, compared with 6.4 percent in the U.S. The French have a centuries-old reverence for the printed page.

h/t: NYT

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