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Growing e-commerce signals a new chapter in the book retail industry

An increasing number of bookworms are buying books online pic:ginnerobot (flickr)

Are the charm of bookstores a thing of the past? The new trend towards buying books online might suggest so.

An increasing number of book lovers in Cardiff are choosing to shop for their favourite titles online, rather than at their local bookstores. Much of this is linked to the heavy discounts that online shopping provides and the convenience to the shopper.

“You tend to get better deals, it’s much more convenient, and there’s a huge range of choices,” says Bhanuj, a student in Cardiff. “I only go to bookstores for second-hand books.”

Also, there greater availability of titles and the cost effectiveness of  buying used books online is a big draw.