Saturday 21 April 2018

Dubray Books cashes in on print revival

There has been a resurgence of interest in printed books. Stock image
There has been a resurgence of interest in printed books. Stock image

Gordon Deegan

Accumulated profits at one of the country's best known independent booksellers, Dubray Books increased to €1.384m last year.

Benefiting from the resurgence of interest in the printed book, the cash pile at Dubray Books Ltd jumped from €676,819 to €893,096 in the 12 months to the end of August last.

"Readers are definitely returning to the printed book - a welcome respite from hours spent on screens and devices," said CEO Maria Dickenson.

Ms Dickenson said that new releases from Liz Nugent and the Happy Pear are expected to help drive sales over the summer "and we're looking forward to the November publication of Michelle Obama's memoir".

The business operates eight bookshops in Dublin, Galway and Bray and Ms Dickenson said that Dubray Books last year "performed well in the context of a competitive market".

"Store investments in key sites including a new cafe in Grafton Street delivered improved footfall and our loyalty programme delivered strongly."

Numbers employed at the company remained at 95 with staff costs last year totalling €2m.

Irish Independent

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