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Feb 02, 2018 06:14 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

An Indie Bookstore Owner’s Read on Surviving Online Competition

Liu Suli, founder of All Sages, one of the most popular independent bookstores in Beijing. Photo: Liu Suli
Liu Suli, founder of All Sages, one of the most popular independent bookstores in Beijing. Photo: Liu Suli

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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