Walls of Books Concept Defies Rise of E-Reading
In the past year, people who read e-books increased from 16 percent to 23 percent of all Americans ages 16 and older. At the same time, printed-book readers fell from 72 percent to 67 percent.
That’s according to a new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. But the news doesn’t worry Shane Gottwals, who with his wife, Abbey, began franchising Walls of Books last summer.
It’s a used-books concept in Georgia with four corporate stores and one franchised unit, and Gottwals says his business is actually helped by the rise of electronic books.
People download the new John Grisham, say, and then head to a used store to buy up all the old titles from the author at a lower price. “The used-books industry is going strong,” he said when reached this week.
Watch for more from him in the February issue of Franchise Times, and tell us your preference: are you an e-reader or a print reader?