Simon & Schuster has become the third Big Five publisher to say it will not attend this year's BookExpo and BookCon events set for July 22–26 in New York City.

"After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster has made the difficult decision to not attend the BookExpo and BookCon shows this year," S&S said in a statement. "We value the opportunity to interact with booksellers, librarians, international publishers and, of course, readers, and look forward to other opportunities to engage with them in support of our books and authors."

S&S's decision follows announcements by Penguin Random House and HarperCollins that they will sit out the 2020 shows. Last week, Reedpop, organizer of BookExpo and BookCon, that it was moving the events from late May to late July at NYC's Javits Center.

As of this week, the Javits Center has been made into a field hospital to help combat the spread of the new coronavirus.