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Five Questions for Ed Berlin, co-owner of the Ivy Bookshop
Five Questions for Ed Berlin, co-owner of the Ivy Bookshop

Ed and Ann Berlin's professional lives took a fresh turn when they bought the 10-year-old Ivy Bookshop in January 2012. She had years of experience as a book publishing executive, he had devoted much of his professional life to the technical side of finance, but neither had run a retail store. The work has been harder than Ed Berlin first expected, but he said they've maintained 8 percent to 10 percent sales growth every year and have maintained their commitment to high literary quality. With independent bookstores seeing a slight surge in recent years — there are about 2,000 stores in the country now, up from a low of some 1,400 in the 1990s, according to the American...

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