Stephen Moss is featured in the Guardian this morning after he toured the UK interviewing independent bookstore owners, here and part two is here. The survival and necessity of small bookstores is something that is prevalent in Dublin at the minute, with the loss of The Winding Stair, via Sigla, the sale of Reids to Easons and the growing success of Anthology.
Apart from the large chains such as Easons, Waterstones, Dubray and a few others, Dublin has only a few independent sellers. Books Upstairs on College Green, the Anthology store in Temple Bar, Chapters on Abbey Street and a few considerable second-hand shops across the city. Is there a need for independent bookstores, or is it simply whoever can sell the book cheapest? (Personally, it is a little of both)
And where does Amazon come into all of this? Moss offers a few insights into the world of independent book stores – but how prevalent are they in Dublin?