Can Co-ops Hold Out Against Amazon?

[C]an cooperatively-owned bookshops play their part in reversing the decline in bookshop culture? "Yes they can," says Ed Mayo, secretary general of coops member organisation Co-operatives UK. "As more people see how the cooperative option can save what is important to them, the number of cooperative bookshops will accelerate," he says...

There are already 16 cooperatively-owned bookshops in the UK and several more due to form this year. And they're trying to turn the humble bookshop on its head to bring in a wider, more diverse audience.

Clevedon Community Bookshop for example, is experimenting with their offer by running a re-binding service for customers wanting to repair their old books, and has also run an English language course for foreign nationals working in local care homes.

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