Article at Publisher's Weekly:
Conventional wisdom goes like this: for a decade, superstore expansion has barreled across the country, driving out all but a few plucky independents, turning bookselling into a monolithic industry with all the local flavor of a Banana Republic.
Fortunately, it isn't so. At the beginning of 2007, PW dispatched a team of staff editors, correspondents and freelancers to take a state-by-state look at bookselling in the U.S. In interviews with hundreds of retailers, publishers' reps and others in the book business, one undeniable fact emerged: bookselling, like politics, is local.
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