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Sales of romance novels at indie bookstores

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, April 6, 2015

From a researcher at Duke: 

This is a bit of an odd request but I am reaching out to see if you would agree to respond to a few questions related to the sale of romance novels in independent bookstores. This is an unscientific poll for an Industry report for Duke University’s class on the History of the Romance Novel taught by Laura Florand and Katherine Murphy Dubois. I hope you will take a few minutes to reply. All responses will become part of my research paper which may be posted on our class blog:

http://sites.duke.edu/unsuitable/

I am happy to enter your comments and store name as “anonymous independent bookseller” if you would prefer (I will need to keep your email response for Professors Dubois and Florand just so they know I’m not making it up).

 I am a strong supporter of Independent bookstores but I tend to purchase romance novels online or borrow them from my local library. Based on my own experience and broader perceptions within the Romance industry, my basic thesis is that Independent bookstores do not tend to sell mass market romance novels due to the genre’s negative stigma for both the store and the reader. “

 Eve Marion
Administrative & Graduate Coordinator
Superfund Research Center
Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP)
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University
Box 90328 Durham, NC 27708
(919) 613-8078

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