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date: 24 May 2019

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Booksellers have always been vital to the publishing mix, making or breaking books’ success, but bookselling is now very much in transition. Coming from a stable system of wholesale and retail, we have seen the rise of chain bookstores, followed by the creation of the world’s largest and most powerful bookshop—Amazon.com. Entirely new business models for all book formats have emerged in the last decade, as well as new products and services consisting of books and related media. Bookselling remains in many countries a highly regulated business, but will see further change due to dependencies between the different book business models, technological innovation, the continuing competition with related industries, and a changing demographics of book buyers.

Keywords: Bookselling, business models, book trade, wholesale, retail, ebooks, pricing

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