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Indies in Scotland: exploring the unique role of independent bookshops in Scotland’s towns and villages.

Laing, Audrey

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Abstract

This project explores the business practices and cultural place of independent bookshops in Scotland. The research examines the connections that independent bookshops have with their various stakeholders, and investigates the support and policy change bookshops require in order to survive and prosper. The research finds a wealth of expertise and business acumen across Scottish independent booksellers, uniquely driven by a commitment to literacy, community and a love of books. A strong contribution to communities, welfare and social capital is identified. Policy recommendations are made, which recognise the cultural and community contributions made by bookshops, as well as proposing that bookshops be at the centre of policy planning around the regeneration of high streets.

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LAING, A. 2020. Indies in Scotland: exploring the unique role of independent bookshops in Scotland’s towns and villages. Publishing research quarterly [online], 36(4), pages 585-600. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12109-020-09759-5

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 20, 2020
Online Publication Date Oct 20, 2020
Publication Date Dec 31, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 21, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 20, 2020
Journal Publishing research quarterly
Print ISSN 1053-8801
Electronic ISSN 1936-4792
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 4
Pages 585-600
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12109-020-09759-5
Keywords Independent bookshops; Community; Scotland; Business practices; Cultural driver; Festivals
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/969282

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