‘Some things remain constant,’ writes Richard Charkin, as the pandemic proves ‘a tunnel longer than hardly any of us envisaged ‘
A first look at the new report on Europe’s book publishing markets highlights the range of impact felt in the first year of the pandemic.
‘After a wobble during election week,’ says NPD’s Kristen McLean, US book sales have ramped up into the holiday season.
The week of November 14 kicks off holiday shopping in the US. NPD reports the highest week of book sales so far this year.
The United States market is on track for ‘one of the highest volume years for US trade book sales in NPD BookScan history.’
‘Those hours not spent commuting’ are on Richard Charkin’s list, as he tots up reasons for ‘a degree of optimism’ in book publishing.
France Créative and the Italian Publishers Association ask that bookstores be allowed to stay open during the latest coronavirus lockdowns in Europe.
Since March, 65 percent of professional writers, illustrators, and literary translators in the UK are reported to have lost income.
With events set to run into December, the program is offering tickets for its first three weeks to benefit the Authors’ Contingency Fund.
The week ending September 12, Kristen McLean writes, was the first in 2020 in which ‘every book on the Top 10 list was a frontlist title.’