CPNB: turnover of local bookstores doubled in a few days after call | NOW

Local bookstores almost doubled their sales in recent days compared to figures from previous lockdown weeks. Book umbrella CPNB confirms this in response to reports in the Haarlems Dagblad.

This increase in online sales of books through brick-and-mortar stores appears to be the effect of a campaign the book industry started last week to rescue small bookstores from the crisis.

Bookstores in Haarlem told the newspaper that considerably less loss is being made than in recent times. The CPNB confirms that this picture applies to the whole of the Netherlands.

More than two hundred writers in recent days have been calling on their social media followers to buy books from the websites of ailing local bookstores rather than from major sales websites.

Authors of all ages and genres have joined the initiative in recent days: from Herman Koch to Jan Terlouw, from Simone van der Vlugt to Simon de Waal, from Isa Hoes to Jean-Marc van Tol and from Nhung Dam to Ronald Giphart. Many children’s book authors have also placed an appeal on their social media.

Thanks to the #Ikleesthuis corona campaign, more was read in the past year. But the physical bookstores have benefited little from this so far. The CPNB states that it is very happy with the success of the campaign, but above all hopes that the effect will be permanent. “We hope that readers will continue to find their way to local bookstores, even if the lockdown continues for weeks longer than it is now,” said a spokesman.


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