French Bookstores Are Still Prospering - NYTimes.com

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 The French, as usual, insist on being different. As independent bookstores crash and burn in the United States and Britain, the book market in France is doing just fine. France boasts 2,500 bookstores, and for every neighborhood bookstore that closes, another seems to open. From 2003 to 2011 book sales in France increased by 6.5 percent.


“There are two things you don’t throw out in France — bread and books,” said Bernard Fixot, owner and publisher of XO, a small publishing house dedicated to churning out best sellers. “In Germany the most important creative social status is given to the musician. In Italy it’s the painter. Who’s the most important creator in France? It’s the writer.”

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    "There are two things you don’t throw out in France - bread and books." :) awesome.
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    Yay, Vive les librairies! After all, sipping a cup of espresso at a sidewalk cafe while reading leisurely, taking your...
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    The article even says that there are institutions that offer grants and interest free loans to potential bookstore...
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    BRB moving to France. Bread and books? Sold forever.
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    All the more reason to love France.