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Technology and Falling Literacy Rates Are Writing an End to Black-Owned Bookstores

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Technology and Falling Literacy Rates Are Writing an End to Black-Owned Bookstores

by Frederick H. Lowe

The number of African-American-owned bookstores has dropped significantly since the late 1970s and 1980s due to a variety of factors, including corporate control of the Internet, waning literacy and fiscal mismanagement.

In the 1970s and 1980s, more than 1,000 black-owned bookstores were in business in the United States. Now only slightly more than 100, possibly 116 to 117, if that many, remain open, according to Troy Johnson, founder of the African American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com), which is based in New York.

 

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