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.
Book distribution giant Ingram announces a new printing and shipping facility in Melbourne, while American and British plants are being upgraded.
The Book Industry Study Group–focused on supply chain in the United States–is reformatting its annual meeting to a series of digital events held over weeks.
Monthly US book sales dropped to 2.5 million units in its worst ‘acute COVID period’ week, says NPD analyst Kristin McLean.
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.
In a battle for inclusion among Italy’s economic casualties, the country’s books business fights to gain traction among the wounded creative industries.
The annual meeting of BISG in April will hear Barnes & Noble and Waterstones’ James Daunt in a keynote address around supply chain issues.
‘In an industry where everything is returnable, why are we out of stock so often?’ The Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting tackled questions like this, with a strong focus on the supply chain.
Condemned as ‘hugely confusing for the book-buyer’ and the publishing supply chain, the practice of using of subtitle and/or title fields for promotion prompted the UK’s BIC to issue a cease-and-desist message to publishers.