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The rise of Amazon and e-readers seemed to herald the final chapter for bookshops but print book sales are on the up and independent sellers thriving. They tell Maggie Armstrong why they'll never be replaced by an algorithm

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Meave Ryan, the CEO of The Book Centre Waterford

Meave Ryan, the CEO of The Book Centre Waterford

Des O'Halloran

Des O'Halloran

Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

Charlie Byrne's Bookshop

Harbour Lights Bookshop

Harbour Lights Bookshop

Janet Hawkins, owner of the Blessington Bookstore in Bessington Co.Wicklow. Photograph Moya Nolan

Janet Hawkins, owner of the Blessington Bookstore in Bessington Co.Wicklow. Photograph Moya Nolan

Joan Lucey, Vibes and Scribes, Co. Cork

Joan Lucey, Vibes and Scribes, Co. Cork

Louisa Earls and Mary McAuley pictured at Books Upstairs. Photo: Frank McGrath

Louisa Earls and Mary McAuley pictured at Books Upstairs. Photo: Frank McGrath

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Meave Ryan, the CEO of The Book Centre Waterford

Real books are on the rebound. Not just books, bookshops, as independent booksellers fight back following decades of decline. Figures released this month from the Booksellers Association covering the UK and Ireland show that independently owned bookshops grew in 2019 for a third consecutive year.

And all that talk of print being dead? Print book sales grew again in Ireland in 2019 for the fifth consecutive year, with 12.2m books bought (the highest sales since 2011) and €147.4m spent (the highest since 2010), according to the Nielson BookScan Irish Consumer Market 2019 Summary.


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