Here’s a happy story, about independent bookstores. In January, 250 US independent booksellers came together under one umbrella. That number’s now over 900. In February they sold $50,000 worth of books. Book sales rocketed in lockdown. By June they were making $1m, a day. So far they’ve raised over $8M for local bookshops. They can’t be bought out by Amazon – and they’ve just branched out into the UK. (See postcards N° 919 & N° 901).