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Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption

Laura J. Miller


Over the past half-century, bookselling, like many retail industries, has evolved from an arena dominated by independent bookstores to one in which chain stores have significant market share. And as in other areas of retail, this transformation has often been a less-than-smooth process. This has been especially pronounced in bookselling, this book argues, because more than most other consumer goods, books are the focus of passionate debate. What drives that debate? And why do so many people believe that bookselling should be immune to questions of profit? This book looks at a century of book r ... More

Keywords: bookselling, independent bookstores, chain stores, retail, consumer goods, books, profit, book retailing, department stores, superstores

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226525907
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226525921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura J. Miller, author