In France, independent publisher Les Arènes has produced signage and distancing guides to help newly reopened French bookshops welcome customers back to the stores.
A first assessment of the Chinese market, January to March, shows physical bookstore sales plunging 60+ percent, printing stalled, supply chain disrupted.
One bookstore company has offered medical workers a lifetime 20-percent discount in China, as the virus pressures normal sales.
Having taken a major stake in the UK-based Quarto Group, Florence’s Giunti Editore is ‘doing everything possible’ to give workers a safe return.
Coronavirus updates: Following cancellations of three fairs in Latin America, the shows’ organizers in Argentina, Colombia, and Peru post digital content.
Exemplary among many markets for its early testing and responsible distancing regulations, Germany looks will let bookstores begin reopening Monday.
While some skepticism has greeted Penguin Random House’s discount-and-coupon offers on print copies, others see a useful exercise in D2C sales.
In the States, S&S is working with Bookshop.org, and in Britain and Ireland, the Books Are My Bag program has Charlie Mackesy’s artwork.
Under extended COVID-19 restrictions, French publishing companies grapple with salary and payment schedules, book release timing, and digital options.
Appealing to Amazon, Google, Apple, and other online book retailers, Richard Charkin asks for a change in how quickly publishers are paid in the pandemic.