Free Subscription

  • Access 15 free news articles each month

Professional

Try one month for $5
  • Unlimited access to news,insights and opinions
  • Quarterly and weekly magazines
  • Independent research reports and forecasts
  • Quarterly webinars with industry experts
  • Q&A with retail leaders
  • Career advice
  • Exclusive Masterclass access. Part of Retail Week 2021

How the world’s oldest bookstores are surviving during Covid

Livraria Lello’s famous staircase. (Photo by Manuel Varzim)
More than any other type of store, bookstores hold a special place in society’s imagination. They are about so much more than the products they sell. As Vincent Van Gogh said, “So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world.” It’s this sentiment that has helped turn some of the world’s oldest bookstores into must-see destinations.  Take Portugal’s Livraria Lello, for example. It opened in the coastal town of Porto in 1906 with