An Indie Bookstore Owner’s Read on Surviving Online Competition
Liu Suli looks like a swordsman lost in a forest when he walks through bookshelves stacked with academic volumes and rare works on Chinese politics.
A “swordsman” in Chinese culture refers to someone with refined manners, who isn’t ruffled by mundane concerns and is brave enough to push the envelope. Running an independent bookstore in China requires all these characteristics, as well as a sharp eye for business.
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