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  • Print Units Jump at the End of June

    All major categories posted gains in the week ended June 27, 2020, and unit sales of print books jumped 18% in the week as a result.

  • Mission-Driven Indie Bookstores Drop J.K. Rowling's Books

    Three mission-driven indie bookstores well-known for their commitment to social justice have ceased stocking books written by J.K. Rowling, accusing the Harry Potter author of promoting hatred towards transgender people.

  • Print Unit Sales Fell 9.6% Last Week

    After unit sales of print books hit a 2020 high in the week ended June 20, sales fell 9.6% last week at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Though units fell compared to the previous week in 2020, sales jumped 18% over the comparable period in 2019.

  • Geppi Takes Control of GFE; Heidmann to Leave

    Diamond Comic Distributors founder Steve Geppi announced that he is returning as president of Geppi Family Enterprises, the parent company of Diamond.

  • The Customer Is Sometimes Right, Booksellers Say

    Booksellers are increasingly willing to speak publicly about challenging and offensive customers, breaking with a wall of silence about those interactions that has largely held up even in an age of social media.

  • Booksellers in Covid-19 Hotspots Exercise Caution

    Booksellers in Arizona, Florida, and Texas are concerned about the surge in Covid-19 infections, and several have reverted from welcoming customers to browse back to curbside pickup.

  • Sale of Book-Themed Masks to Benefit Binc

    The ABA and Out of Print have collaborated on a new line of book-themed face masks. A portion of each sale will be donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: June 29, 2020

    James McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong,’ the latest Oprah’s Book Club pick, climbs back onto our hardcover fiction list. Plus children’s books new and old introduce concepts of race, and for ‘28 Summers,’ Elin Hilderbrand meets fans where they are.

  • Print Sales Enjoy an Unexpected High

    Led by social justice and Father’s Day titles, unit sales had their best week in mid-June.

  • B&N Makes HQ Layoffs

    Even as its stores reopen, Barnes & Noble has laid off a number of employees at its headquarters, including some book buyers.

  • Print Unit Sales Post Another Week of Solid Gains

    Two anti-racist titles, each selling more than 100,000 copies, and books bought for Father's Day led to a 9.1% increase in unit sales of print books last week at outlets that report to BookScan.

  • John Bolton's Memoir Lands, Receives Mixed Reception from Bookstores

    After months of delays due to the Trump administration's attempts to prevent its publication, John Bolton's White House memoir finally lands today—and while some booksellers are eager to sell it, others refuse to do so.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: June 22, 2020

    Half of the 10 bestselling titles in the country address racism, racial polarization, and the work that needs to be done to combat them. Plus Stacey Abrams explains why 'Our Time Is Now,’ and TikTok propels the guided journal ‘Burn After Writing’ onto our bestseller list.

  • Print Unit Sales Rise 5.6% in Mid-June

    With all categories except adult nonfiction posting increases, unit sales of print books rose 5.6% in the week ended June 13, 2020, over the comparable week last year, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • Print Unit Sales Had Small Gain Last Week

    Led by sales in the adult nonfiction category, and especially by sales increases in titles on race and social justice, unit sales of print books rose 1.6% last week at outlets that report to BookScan.

  • Author Elin Hilderbrand to Hold Four In-Store Events

    Over the next two week, four bookstores — two in Delaware and one each in New Jersey and California — will host author Elin HIlderbrand for in-person book signings. All events will follow strict safety and health protocols set by her publisher, Little, Brown, and the stores themselves.

  • April Bookstore Sales Tumbled 65.3%

    Bookstore sales plunged 65.3% in April compared to April 2019, tumbling to $219 million. April is expected to be the worst month for bricks-and-mortar stores, with advance sales for May released by the U.S. Census Bureau showing improvement in total retail sales for the month.

  • Print Unit Sales Increased 6.8% in Early June

    Unit sales of print books rose 6.8% in the week ended June 6, 2020, over the similar week last year, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • Many Bookstores Following Go Slow Approach to Reopening

    Many U.S. governors have been eager to begin the multiphase reopening of businesses, but some bookstore owners are acting more cautiously than state guidelines recommend.

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