L.A.’s Indie Bookstores Face Tough Challenges Amid Virus Crisis


Some sellers are cutting staff, other retailers are going online-only, and some have shut down entirely: “Our sales are zilch for the moment.”

Leah Koch has been shipping packages on her own every day since The Ripped Bodice — a romance-only bookstore co-owned with her sister Bea — was temporarily closed down in mid-March. “It’s been like 10 days, but it feels like it’s been 14 years,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter while packing shipments.

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