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  • Print Unit Sales Dropped 13.5% in Mid-March

    Steep drops in both adult segments led to a 13.5% decline in print unit sales in the week ended Mar. 28, 2020, compared to the similar week in 2019, at outlets the report to NPD BookScan.

  • Book Publication Date Changes Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

    As part of our ongoing Covid-19 coverage, 'PW' is tracking book publication dates that are changing as a result of the pandemic.

  • In Mexico, PRHGE Prioritizes Digital as Coronavirus Hits

    Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial Mexico has shifted to teleworking and added new digital workflows, and is offering online classes prioritizing the sales of e-books, much for the first time.

  • James Patterson Leads Group Seeking to Raise Millions for Bookstores

    Author James Patterson is spearheading a group that includes Reese Witherspoon, Reese’s Book Club, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, and the American Booksellers Association in an effort to raise millions of dollars to help save independent bookstores.

  • Print Units Fell 9% Last Week

    Unit sales of print books fell 9.2% in the week ended March 28 compared to the previous week at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Of the four major categories, only juvenile fiction saw an increase over the prior week.

  • Barnes & Noble Scales Back

    Barnes & Noble has now temporarily closed more than 500 stores and furloughed "a large number" of employees across all departments at its company headquarters.

  • Half Price Books Cuts Workforce By More Than 2,000

    Half Price Books has laid off or furloughed 2,146 people, representing 78% of its workforce of 2,752. The company operates 126 stores in 17 states, all of which are closed.

  • Future Uncertain for America's Oldest Independent Bookstore

    The Andover Bookstore, America’s oldest continuously operated independent bookstore, is turning to customers to help ensure its doors will open again when the new coronavirus passes.

  • D.C. Bookstore Uses Food Delivery App for Books

    Starting this week, Washington D.C.’s Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is using Postmates, an app largely used for food delivery, to get books in the hands of readers in the D.C. area.

  • Amazon Expands List of Priority Items

    In a new announcement to suppliers and vendors, Amazon said that while it will continue to prioritize products such as household staples and medical supplies, it now has the capacity to add more products to its priority list. It isn't clear if books made the list.

  • Indigo Lays Off 5,200, Urges Shoppers to Buy 'True Canadian'

    Indigo Books and Music, Canada's dominant bookstore chain, closed all of its 199 retail locations on March 18. On Friday, March 27, the company laid off 5,200 of 7,000 total employees.

  • Indies Launch GoFundMe Campaigns to Survive Coronavirus Shutdown

    Several indies have launched, with varying degrees of success, GoFundMe fundraising campaigns to help them raise funds to pay bills and employees during a national shutdown that may last for months.

  • Coastal Regional Bookstore Associations Offer Additional Help

    Indie booksellers in New England and in California will be getting additional assistance from their regional bookstore associations, including management counselling, tech support, and promotional opportunities.

  • Powell's Rehires Some Employees to Handle Online Orders

    A surge in online sales at Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., has allowed the bookseller to rehire 49 previously laid off union employees, ILWU Local 5 has confirmed. They are now working alongside more than 50 people in management to fulfill orders.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: March 30, 2020

    As day care centers and schools in the areas of the country hardest hit by coronavirus shut down, ‘My First Learn-to-Write Workbook’ is the #1 book in the country. Plus adults holed up at home are coloring like it’s 2015, and ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ lights up on Hulu.

  • Print Unit Sales Fell 5% in Mid-March

    Unit sales of print books fell 5% in the week ended Mar. 21, 2020, compared to the similar week in 2019, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • B&N Temporarily Closes 400 Outlets

    The retailer has temporarily closed about 400 stores to the public as it works with state and local official to comply with shelter-in-place rules. At many outlets that are closed for in-store shopping, B&N is continuing to offer curbside pickup for online orders.

  • How Regional Indie Bookstore Associations Are Helping

    Regional independent booksellers associations are working to support their members with information, digital resources, virtual events, promotions, and more.

  • Care Packages Help Bookstores Amid Covid-19 Closures

    Two West Coast booksellers have found success with custom care packages during Covid-19 closures, shipping books, gifts, and cards to customers.

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