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“Physical bookstores are incredibly effective vehicles for publishers to get out books and introduce authors, especially new authors,” Murray of HarperCollins says. “And what happens when people don’t visit the bookstores as frequently and that discovery has to take place on a tablet or an e-reader device, where the amount of real estate is so small, when you’re talking about a 10-inch screen?

“It’s very hard to introduce hundreds of books on a very small screen.”

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