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Stockholm's Sweden Bookshop closes down

Stockholm's Sweden Bookshop closes down

Published: 18 Sep 2012 11:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Sep 2012 11:46 GMT+02:00

“We officially closed down the actual shop on Friday,” explained store manager Christian Biller to The Local.

“Things simply got too slow in the winters, even though business was running smoothly in the summer with all the tourists in Gamla Stan.”

The bookshop has been located across from the Royal Palace on Slottsbacken since 2003, after moving from its previous location in Sverigehuset at Kungsträdgården, where it opened in 1983.

But now the physical store will be closed for good and remaining operations moved online, in what the institute has deemed a sign of the times.

“It’s a change for SI but also a change in the times; it’s a tough time for bookshops,” said Annika Rembe, head of the Swedish Institute, in a statement.

All the remaining books will now be sold online at www.swedenbookshop.com, with the books that were previously on sale to be available soon at the same prices.

Meanwhile, it’s not all over for book loving tourists who may want to take home a little light reading from their holiday.

“The hope is not lost for them,” Biller laughs.

“There are still a number of stores in Stockholm that sell books in other languages for tourists. There is one right near the central station that sells all kinds of guide books, for example.”

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Your comments about this article

13:07 September 18, 2012 by Hamsterdam
It is a sad sign of the times when bookstores like this close down and yet low quality news sites like The Local grow.
13:21 September 18, 2012 by prince T
This is not news for me. This kind of news is inevitable. I have been buying my books on line for the past two years. It is cheaper but delivery is slower. i know that in less than 5 years from now bookshops will become obsolete. Not to talk of the rise of ibooks.
14:02 September 18, 2012 by byke
I dont believe it has anything to do with the format (paper books) but in fact the content (Sweden as a subject) in combination with the physical address.

Basically such a store is unfeasible, as it doesnt appeal or generate enough overheads to cover its costs.

Its like saying people just are not buying food any more to cover up the fact that people are buying food, just not from stores that offer boring, bland or limited selections which currently are not appealing to the mass public.
14:22 September 18, 2012 by cogito
Bookstores are a dying breed. I am surprised any bookshop in Sweden is still alive: they are too expensive, the books costing twice as much as in other countries.
19:37 September 18, 2012 by dizzymoe33
They should have put in a coffee stand. There is nothing like sitting quietly having a cup of coffee and reading a book. It is a shame that they have to close the store.
03:17 September 19, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant
I never buy books online unless I have already seen the book in a library or bookstore.
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