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Time to say good-bye to those old bookstores? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2013-8-1 15:24:07 |Display all floors

The news about the possible disappearance of those bookstores, the ones with real books in them, has been made headlines for some time now, as people gaze away from the printed page to the new e-books and mobile devices.

As is the case in many countries, those old wood-and-brick bookstores in China are seeing a drastic decline in popularity and, as a result, sales these days, as can be seen in the closure of some fairly prominent stores. The Third Polar, for example, once Beijing’s biggest bookstore, was shuttered just last year -- after years of losses. Then there’s O2Sun, an independent chain, which pulled the plug on its operations in Beijing and the southeastern city of Xiamen, in 2011 because of a shortage of capital, declining sales, and rising costs.

http://www.chinaculture.org/info/2013-08/01/content_472063.htm



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