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One bookstore in Tokyo stocks & sells only one book at a time

[UPDATED: 8-15-2017]
Morioka Shoten located in Ginza in Tokyo, has a unique merchandising strategy. It only sells one book title at a time despite around 80,000 new books being published every year in Japan. The shop, which opened in May 2015, has a single book strategy of stocking and selling only one title. It selects one book each week to sell.

The bookstore promotes itself with the slogan and branding statement: “Morioka Shoten is a bookstore with a single book, available at a time, for six days. Morioka Shoten is a bookstore with a single room with an event to gather every night. Morioka a single room with a single book”.  

The authors (if still alive) and editors of the promoted titles are apparently encouraged to ‘hang out’ in the store as much as possible during a book’s six-day exclusive promotional run.  

The bookshop, which is extremely small, has selected titles such as; The True Deceiver, by the Finnish author Tove Jansson , and Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales for its weekly exclusive and highly focused promotion.
One bookstore in Tokyo stocks & sells only one book at a time Posted by Richard Nathan