A small bookstore in Lafayette saw big business thanks to Small Business Saturday

Small bookstore in Lafayette brings in big profit after Small Business Saturday. Other small bookstores across the nation profited as well.

Posted: Nov 25, 2018 8:34 PM
Updated: Nov 26, 2018 8:44 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Small bookstores across the nation are seeing an increase in buyers according to the American Booksellers Association.

This is true for the downtown Lafayette bookstore Main Street Books. On Nov. 24, local businesses celebrated Small Business Saturday.

Tamzin Malone, the owner of Main Street Books said on Small Business Saturday and Independent Bookstore Day is when the store makes most of its money for the year.

Local bookstores have been competing with the online market and electronic books for the past few years but Malone said she's not worried about the competition stealing her customers.

“I think that books are as threatened by e-readers as stairs are by elevators or escalators. You know, you're going to have both and one is faster and more convenient, but the other one's the real deal,” said Malone.

Malone said her experience selling books in this community has been very positive.

“When we first opened our bookstore almost four years ago, people were saying, oh you're so brave, because everyone is just reading their kindles and everyone is buying books online and I don't really see that being true,” said Malone.

Malone is grateful for all the customers who purchased from her on Small Business Saturday. She said without local buyers, her bookstore couldn't survive.

Learn more about the booming business of small bookstores here.

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