Sales make happy holiday at the Strand bookshop - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Sales make happy holiday at the Strand bookshop

Posted: Updated:
Strand Bookstore (AP) Strand Bookstore (AP)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

New Yorkers spent the day after Christmas filling stores ready to do some serious shopping. But it wasn't only major clothing or electronics stores that had cash registers ringing. Strand bookstore in Union Square was standing room only.

If the day after Christmas looks busy, owner Fred Bass, 85, says you should have seen the day before.

"We're 25 percent above any top day we've ever had, and the other two days prior we're running about 12.5 percent higher than... our best day ever in the 85 years of our business," Bass said.

Besides being a New York institution, Strand is also a story in defying the odds. In this age of kindles and tablet readers, strand is among the few independent booksellers still turning a major profit doing what book stores still standing do: sell actual books to eager readers.

"I think the e-market hit a different market and people than we have and I think it's helped us too," Bass said. "I think it's stimulated people into more reading. It's easier to access books, then they get an idea and they go further than that."

A recent online survey of millennials 18 to 24 found that 62 percent preferred printed books over e-books. That stat is a surprise to many, but not to Maya Garcia.

"I think there's a lot of power in owning a book," Garcia said. "I think seeing how many books someone has and just having that and giving a child a book. I think there's something really powerful about that.

But the Strand has found some common ground, if you will, with the electronic devices. You can buy their books online and have them sent directly to you.


  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:09:22 GMT
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
  • Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

    Chokehold attacker targeting victims in Central Park

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:33:53 GMT
    The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
    The NYPD is looking for a tall, violent thug who is attacking victims in Central Park and dragging them to the ground with chokeholds.The latest attack happened about 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the 6' 5" attacker started a conversation with a 47-year-old man in the area of 74th St. and East Drive. He then put the victim in a chokehold, dropped him to the ground and stole his bag.
  • Vandal splashes red substance at NYC museum

    Vandal splashes red substance on NYC museum wall

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:14:21 GMT
    A vandal has splashed a red substance on a wall at New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art.
    A vandal has splashed a red substance on a wall inside New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices