In April, German bookstores saw hardcover and first-edition paperbacks sales drop by 47.3 percent, according to Börsenblatt magazine.
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.
‘Concerned about future solvency as a consequence of supply chain interruption,’ British publishers appeal to the UK government for swift financial aid.
One bookstore company has offered medical workers a lifetime 20-percent discount in China, as the virus pressures normal sales.
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.
The publishing industry looks for the way forward–in a world in which what’s truly essential simply may not include physical bookselling for a time.
Highlighting gains made by the ‘human sciences’ amid social unrest in France, booksellers also cite a strong showing in comics.