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UK customers unsure about returning to bookshops

In the UK, a Nielsen survey has found 35% of regular bookshop customers are unsure about returning to bricks and mortar shops now that lockdown has eased, reports the Bookseller.

Of respondents who were habitual bookshop users, 28% were planning to visit a bookshop within four weeks, while 22% of book buyers and regular bookshop customers said they wanted to wait to see the ongoing effects of Covid-19 before they entered a bookshop, with browsing and safety concerns the most commonly cited barriers.

According to the survey, 39% of people were reading more books and audiobooks than before the lockdown; however, only 26% of people were buying more books overall.

The Nielsen survey covered 1000 UK adults between 25–29 June.


Category: International news