The history books are getting tougher to find.
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Google have all announced a push for more independent books in the past year.
That’s why it was a little surprising to see the number of independent bookstores dropping from more than 50 in 2015 to fewer than 20 today.
The last time that number was that low was in 2013, when a year before, independent booksellers were at record numbers.
And while some of these new bookstores might be doing the work of traditional bookseller chains, a recent survey of bookstores in the United States found that they weren’t making much money.
Amazon has lost $13 million in the last two years and Barnes & Nobles has lost another $2 million.
And Google has lost an even bigger $2.6 million.
In total, Amazon and Barnes are losing $19.5 million in 2016 alone.
“We have seen the consolidation that is occurring,” said Kristin Anderson, vice president of corporate communications for Amazon and Google.
“The fact is, there are more people who are willing to sell books online, and that is the new book store business.”
Anderson says the industry is still working through some of the challenges that came with the explosion of online shopping and e-commerce in 2015, but she hopes the bookstores will be able to make a comeback.
The industry has already seen some signs of success.
Amazon, for example, has been able to open more than 300 stores this year.
Google, meanwhile, is continuing to focus on digital books, offering its Google Books imprint the chance to sell titles directly to readers through the search giant.
It has already opened over 100 bookstores, and it recently launched a new online platform, the Google Books for Everyone, that lets anyone with an Amazon account get access to its catalog.
It’s also opening its first independent bookstore in San Francisco this year, which will be a third of the stores Google opened last year.
But those numbers aren’t enough to convince some bookselling industry insiders that Amazon is actually taking a long-term approach to bookselling.
That could change if the company’s books become more widely available online.
Amazon recently announced plans to bring more than 400 new titles online this year to help expand its catalog to over 1 million titles.
Amazon says the new strategy will allow the company to sell more books than ever before, and the company says it is committed to making that happen.
Amazon has also announced that it is opening a new website, the Amazon Kindle Store, to help booksells distribute its new books.
That new site, which was supposed to launch last year, will allow readers to find the best book on Amazon by searching by title and by genre.
And the company is also launching its first book store in Brooklyn, a small New York City borough with a thriving independent bookstore scene.
In the meantime, Amazon has been busy opening new stores, adding to its existing book offerings and launching its new Kindle app.
But the company also has been experimenting with new ways to sell its books, including offering its own personalized service that lets booksellors offer personalized recommendations to readers.
“What Amazon does with its service is pretty interesting, and I think it is probably a very good business,” said Andrew Wexler, a senior vice president at booksellor management firm BookSource.
“But I think that’s what I find most interesting is that Amazon has a very, very deep, very diverse, very innovative book market, which it has created for itself.”
Wexler said that Amazon’s strategy to create its own book business is something he and others in the industry have been trying to figure out for years.
“They’re really good at creating their own niche and trying to carve it out of existing bookstores,” he said.
“I think that is a good way to go in this market.
I think Amazon’s unique brand is what really sells books.
They have a great customer service, a very high-quality product.”
The Kindle app will allow Amazon to sell the books directly to the people who purchase them, said Wexlers co-founder David Bielawski.
“If you’re an Amazon user, it’s a great way to get into your own book.
If you’re a reader, it makes it easy to buy your own copy of a book,” he added.
Wexers said Amazon’s success is due to its ability to connect with book buyers.
“Amazon can connect with people, not just in terms of books, but also in terms for other services, for socializing, for marketing,” he explained.
“What I really like about Amazon is they can make a great product and they can also sell it directly to you.
I really think that they’re creating a really good ecosystem.”
The industry is betting that Amazon will eventually be able bring more people into the book business, but it’s not clear yet if Amazon can pull it off.
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