Britain's book-shops halve in numbers in just six years

There were 2,178 high street bookshops left in Britain in July, according to research carried out by Experian, the data company, compared with 4,000 in 2005. A total of 580 towns do not have a single bookshop.

The causes are attributed to:

  • heavy discounting by supermarkets,
  • the rise of internet retailers and
  • the growing popularity of e-readers such as the Kindle.