Wednesday, October 21, 2009

KIT: Book retail in India

The Indian book retail industry is estimated to be over Rs 3,000 crore, out of which organised retail accounts for only 7 per cent.

The industry is expected to grow by approximately 15 per cent a year.

Book retail contributes only about 1 per cent to the overall retail industry. Text and curriculum books account for about 50 per cent of the sales. Second-hand books are also a big chunk of the book retail market.

In the past few years, several large format book store chains have come up, such as Landmark, Crossword and Om Book Shop.

Book retailers are focusing on improved customer experience. Many book stores have also introduced coffee shops and provide a library-like atmosphere where customers can sit and read, while sipping coffee.

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