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Physical-book sales are staging a comeback after many years of decline

Physical book sales are staging a comeback.

From 2009 to 2014, bookstore sales through the first half of the year fell more than 28% in the U.S. The first half of last year saw sales pop nearly 2%, and through the first six months of 2016, bookstore sales have jumped more than 6%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The recent growth in sales is a result of the waning novelty of e-readers, such as Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle, publishers pushing out an array of works and the growing cool factor of reading printed books, according to Whitney Hu, communications director for Strand Bookstore in New York.

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