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Independent bookstores are thriving and growing for the FIFTH consecutive year.

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Independent bookstores are thriving and growing for the FIFTH consecutive year.

From the late 1990s to the mid-2010s, it appeared that independent bookstores were succumbing to the growing beast of e-commerce.

High street sales have declined due to internet behemoths like Amazon, with independent stores closing across the UK.

Young people, on the other hand, may be saving the humble high street store by preferring Instagram-enabled indies to online orders.

The number of independent bookstores that are members of the Booksellers Association (which represents independent, chain and non-traditional bookstores in the UK and Ireland) has increased for the fifth consecutive year, marking half a decade of growth after more than two decades of decline.

The figures were released as part of the BA’s annual membership survey, which found that at the end of 2021 there were 1,027 independent booksellers who were members, up from 867 in 2016.

This is the highest number of BA member bookstores since 2013, thanks in part to the explosion of book-friendly trends on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok.

Over 70 million people have used the hashtag (hashtag)bookstagram on Instagram, and millions more have used the hashtags (hashtag)independentbookshop and (hashtag)booklover.

More than 34 billion people have watched videos about books on TikTok, a popular platform among people in their late teens and early twenties.

Many influencers are creating a storm among books across the UK, turning bookstores into tourist attractions.

Over 100,000 people have tagged their account or location on Instagram at Daunt Books in Marylebone, London.

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The store, which opened in 1912, claims to be the world’s first custom-designed bookstore, with balconies, exposed beams and green lighting.

It has already been named the second most Instagrammable bookstore in the world.

The Word On The Water, a floating bookstore on a houseboat near King’s Cross with 20,000 Instagram followers, is another that regularly makes lists.

“After a difficult few years for the booksellers industry, it is reassuring to see the number of independent booksellers who are members of the BA increase for the fifth year in a row,” Meryl Halls, chief executive of the Booksellers Association, told FEMAIL.

“The fact that the number of bookstores can grow despite closures, restrictions and supply chain issues demonstrates the passion, innovation and determination of booksellers, who continue to bring books to readers even in the face of…

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