According to an article in the New York Times Indie bookstores are making a respectable comeback.
According to the American Booksellers Association, Indie book stores saw a growth of over 30 percent since 2009, and sales that were up around 10 percent last year.
“Existing stores are selling once more to a new generation of owners,” said Oren Teicher, the A.B.A.’s chief executive officer."With more than 2,200 stores, ABA is the indies’ main organization.
However, Internet Writing Workshop members experiences show it's not easy to get your books into those stores because they don't want to stock any books that don't come with a return guarantee from the publisher. Nevertheless, it can be done. The key is to get readers to order thru' store.