Snuggling Between the Covers

Seeking refuge from an uncertain world, consumers have been been buying more books -- and insulating booksellers from the recession

Cars haven't been the only consumer item to buck the recession of 2001. Sales of books have been strong all year, both online and in traditional stores. And the evidence so far suggests that bookstore sales will be stronger this holiday season than last year. Some analysts see books -- like liquor and insurance -- as another beneficiary of times of uncertainty and recession.

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