“As Independent Booksellers Week gets into full swing, the Booksellers Association has released figures to suggest outlets with cafes are likely to have higher sales than those without.
Figures based on a survey of 40 BA members reveal that bookshops with cafes saw a 3% growth in overall turnover in 2011, whereas those without experienced a decline in sales of 5.2%. Those bookshops with cafes also experienced a 2% hike in their book sales last year, in comparison to those without cafes which had a decrease in book sales of 4%.”
This is the astonishing insight taken from a statistical analysis by the Booksellers’ Association.
What shall we make out of it? Antiquarian bookshops offering tea and coffee with (on) leather bindings? First editions with red wine? Japanese block books with sushi?