In the case of Ukraine’s Old Lion Publishing House, adapting to online retail in 2020 made the difference between succeeding and going under.
With physical retail down, 2020 was the first year in which Beijing OpenBook tracked a downturn in the Chinese book market since 2000.
French booksellers get digital help from Intermarché, as they struggle without an ‘essential business’ exemption during the pandemic.
‘Those hours not spent commuting’ are on Richard Charkin’s list, as he tots up reasons for ‘a degree of optimism’ in book publishing.
Frankfurter Buchmesse presents seminars on COVID-era bookselling, translation, and publishing, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.
Ukrainian title output plunged 55 percent in the first half of the year, publishers say, as they worry that renewed lockdowns are ahead.
The Chinese market’s bookselling patterns remain in flux, many Tier 1 and Tier 2 city stores still not fully open and digital retail accelerating since Q1.
Nielsen Book’s extensive survey of India’s consumer behavior in and after lockdowns reveals shifts in the time spent reading–and listening–for publishers.
A report on the German publishing industry is focused on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on continental Europe’s largest book market.
A first assessment of the Chinese market, January to March, shows physical bookstore sales plunging 60+ percent, printing stalled, supply chain disrupted.