Positive effect of shopping locally quantified

BookBrowse News - The Full Story

Positive effect of shopping locally quantified

May 07 2007

Independent booksellers have long argued that shopping at locally owned stores is important to support the economic health of a region; now a report supports thus belief. "The San Francisco Retail Diversity Study," released last week, showed that independent bookstores contributed $54 million back into the San Francisco area, while chain stores and Internet booksellers contributed back $8 million a year.

The two-year study was commissioned by the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchants Alliance with support from the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Association.

The survey found that independent bookstores had 55% share of the book market in San Francisco, much higher than the national average of ~10%.  One of the most interesting findings was the impact of consumers shifting just 10% of their spending to the local community.  According to the study, if consumers in the San Francisco area redirected their spending on books by 10% from chain and Internet book retailers to locally owned bookstores, the increased economic output in the form of such things as taxes and wages would be more than $3.7 million annually, and 25 new bookselling jobs would be produced.  Similar effects were seen in other retail areas including toys, sporting goods and dining.

Neal Sofman, one of the former owners of A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books and current owner of the Bookshop West Portal, said it all comes down to self-interest. "When you tell people that if you don't shop local first, then [you] are ruining [your] tax base, they get that," said Sofman.

More News Stories

Editor's Choice

  • Book Jacket: In Extremis
    In Extremis
    by Lindsey Hilsum
    International journalist Marie Colvin pushed the limits in her work and her personal life. Widely ...
  • Book Jacket: Vita Nostra
    Vita Nostra
    by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko
    Vita Nostra by Ukrainian authors Sergey and Marina Dyachenko is one of those novels that defies ...
  • Book Jacket: And The Ocean Was Our Sky
    And The Ocean Was Our Sky
    by Patrick Ness
    Patrick Ness has developed a reputation for experimental literature executed well, and his latest, ...
  • Book Jacket: Let It Bang
    Let It Bang
    by RJ Young
    Every interracial love story is an exercise in complications. R.J. Young and Lizzie Stafford's ...

Book Discussion
Book Jacket
Unsheltered
by Barbara Kingsolver

A timely novel that explores the human capacity for resiliency and compassion.

About the book
Join the discussion!

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    A Ladder to the Sky
    by John Boyne

    A seductive, unputdownable psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man.
    Reader Reviews

Win this book!
Win Severance

Severance by Ling Ma

An offbeat, wryly funny, apocalyptic satire that is featured on more than twenty 2018 "Must Read" lists!

Enter

Word Play

Solve this clue:

I Ain't O U T F L S

and be entered to win..

Books that     
entertain,
     engage

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.