Are there any independent booksellers doing well?

Absolutely! The booksellers who are doing well not only have the right community dynamics and demographics, but they run their bookstores as businesses, rather than a hobby. We know of booksellers whose average sales per square foot is double and triple the industry averages. But, it's not an easy business and the book industry is in transition, so you have to be more than a place to buy books. There needs to be compelling reasons people will want to do business with you rather than grab an ebook or shop at a mega online retailer.