0949 GMT February 25, 2021
The sales volume of 60 brick-and-mortar bookstores in East China city reached 8.5 million yuan ($1.3 million) during the holiday, about twice the online turnover, which was 4.25 million yuan over the same period, reported globaltimes.cn.
Although most bookstores capped the daily number of customers through reservation in view of the COVID-19 epidemic, sales of more than half of the bookstores showed an upward trend compared with the Spring Festival holiday in 2019.
Most bookstores kept their doors closed during 2020’s Spring Festival holiday.
The association attributed the growth to diversified operations, such as the combination of bookstores and cafés.
Social science, children’s books, culture and science fiction were the four most popular book categories among Shanghai readers during the Spring Festival holiday, the association said.