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Topic - Joel Oberstein
Think Katy Perry and vinyl, and a hip-hugging dress might come to mind.
Nearly half the nation's independent book stores have closed in the past decade. Book store chains are struggling. E-books are all the rage.
"I still see a place for a strong indie store in every community that can support one. I just think there's still the lure of people wanting to walk into a store and touch and feel things and talk to people," said Joel Oberstein, president of Almighty Institute of Music Retail, a market research firm based in Studio City, Calif.
Like book stores, music stores have to expand their product mix to remain competitive, Oberstein said.