- New York Post - December 7, 2012
After two decades of beatings from big-box retailers and Amazon, independent booksellers are swinging to nationwide growth with clever high-tech strategies, tightly focused niches — and, in at least one case, alcohol sales.
Singularity & Co., a storefront opened in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood this August, is swiftly becoming a destination for sci-fi geeks with its project to “rescue” vintage, out-of-print pulp titles by publishing them online for monthly subscribers.
“In six months, our circulation will be at least as large as the most established sci-fi publishers,” Kalb says.
Budding book merchants are showing similar creativity elsewhere, staging music concerts, selling digital content and mastering social networking in towns like Athens, Ga.; St. Paul, Minn.; and Prescott, Ariz., says Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association.
This year, newly opened mom-and-pop stores nationwide have helped fuel a double-digit sales increase after years of declines, the trade group says.
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