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It’s always sad to see an independent chain go when it sells off to a big chain.
Sometimes these stores can lose authenticity and that real community connection to their readers. On the other hand, could it sometimes be a good thing? Can it teach bigger stores the importance of the reader community? Can the authenticity be kept in the independent store once it is no longer independent? What does this mean for authors when all they have left to market to is big chain bookstores?
Are The Barricades Being Breached Yet?
Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.