Publishers Weekly is maintaining a list of canceled events, impacted book industry functions and policies, and more on this list as a resource for navigating the new coronavirus and its impact on the industry. Please email our news team with updates or questions.
PW is also maintaining several additional list: one of publication dates changed due to the pandemic, one of children's publishing–related updates, one of special offers and discounts offered during the outbreak will also be maintained separately, and one of bookstores that have turned to crowdfunding to stay alive. Elsewhere, Poets & Writers is keeping a running list of postponed and canceled writing retreats and contests, the Washington Post is maintaining a virtual literary event calendar, the AAP is keeping a Covid-19 Resource Center for publishers, the IBPA is keeping its own Covid-19 Resource Center for independent book publishers, and the Authors Guild is maintaining a guide to economic relief for writers.
The following are quick-links to the homepages of various industry organizations working to respond to Covid-19: American Booksellers Association • American Library Association • Association of American Publishers • Authors Guild • Authors League Fund • Book Industry Charitable Foundation • Book Industry Study Group • The Book Manufacturers’ Institute's bookmanufacturers.org • Community of Literary Magazines and Presses • Independent Book Publisher Association • Independent Publishing Caucus • PEN America • Poets & Writers • PubWest
Please note: Benefits.gov is maintaining a list of resources for all those who have lost jobs during the crisis, and AFL-CIO is maintaining its own page cataloguing federal and state resources for workers. While the open enrollment window is closed, losing one's job is a circumstance that allows for emergency American Care Act enrollment.
- Taipei Book Fair Forced to Go Virtual: A last-minute outbreak of Covid-19 cases at a local hospital effectively derailed the planned in-person segment of the 2021 Taipei International Book Fair, which ran from January 26 to 31 as a virtual event.
- Paris Is Losing Its Bouquinistes: Many booksellers in Paris who sell books along the Seine, called bouquinistes, may permanently shutter their businesses due to the pandemic.
- Texas Bookseller Talks Shop: John Dillman, owner of Kaboom Books in Houston, discusses coping with the pandemic and the future of book sales.
- Waterstones CEO Wants Tax Break to Stay: James Daunt said that if the U.K. government cannot extend the property tax break from 2020, stores may have to close.
- Black Bookstore in Oklahoma May Close: Nappy Roots Bookstore, a Black-owned bookstore in Oklahoma City that has been open for two and a half years, is asking for donations to stay open.
- Toronto Loses a Bookstore: Parentbooks, a bookstore catering to autistic children, is closing after 35 years in business.
- 135-Year-Old Store in Paris Is Closing: The Left Bank's Gilbert Jeune bookstore, founded in 1886, is closing, upsetting many in the city.
- Indiana Bookstore Struggles to Stay Open: Caveat Emptor, a used bookstore in Bloomington, open for nearly 50 years, is fighting for survival.
- Upstate New York Store Persists: Queen City Books in Buffalo continues to sell comics and has lasted more than 50 years in business.
- Scottish Bookstores Deemed Essential: Bookstores in the country will be allowed to continue curbside delivery during the current lockdown.
- Illinois Store Is Raising $250,000: The Book Table in Oak Park has launched a GoFundMe campaign to make ends meet and has already garnered $138,000.
- Holiday Toy Drive Becomes Pandemic Book Drive: In large part due to the pandemic, the office of California Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris tweaked an annual holiday tradition: instead of sponsoring a toy drive in California's 74th Assembly District as the office usually does, it organized a book drive.
- How a New York City Store Persists: The Corner Bookstore in New York City carries on after more than 40 years in business, supported by its community.
- Dutch Bookstores Want to Reopen: Bookstores in the Netherlands are asking the government to allow them to reopen.
- The Bookseller of Kabul Carries On: Despite the pandemic and political strife, Shah M. Book Co. in Afghanistan has launched a successful international online business.
- New Report Offers Post-Pandemic Outlook for Book Business: In a free 50-page report released this week, three veteran publishing and digital media consultants offer a postmortem on 2020 and a glimpse at what the future holds for publishers, booksellers, libraries and readers.
- Poetry Slams Help Arizona Store Survive: The owner of Lawn Gnome Publishing, a small bookstore in Phoenix, says every day "feels like a fight."
- Indie Stores in Ontario Survive 2020: Despite challenges, independent bookstores in Hamilton made it through last year with the help of dedicated bookworms.
- Florida Loses a Bookstore: Bayou City Books in Niceville is closing after 34 years in business.
- Michigan Bookstore Helped by GoFundMe: The Curious Book Shop in East Lansing raised $28,000 in digital donations, helping them weather the pandemic.
- California Stores Hand Deliver Orders: Bookstores in the Bay Area are once again selling books online and delivering them in person.
- How Two Massachusetts Stores Fight On: The 'Harvard Crimson' looks at how Harvard Book Store and Raven Used Books are coping with the pandemic.
- British Columbia Loses a Bookstore: Grizzly Books & Serendipity Shop in Revelstoke, B.C., is closing after more than 20 years in business.
- U.K. Indies Focus on Home Deliveries: The lockdown in the U.K. has forced bookstores to again move to curbside pickup, though many are moving to local home deliveries.
- Waterstones Says No to Curbside Pickup: The major U.K. bookseller is opting out of the service during this round of lockdown.
- 2020 in the Book Biz Was a Year Unlike Any Other: The combination of the pandemic and demands for social justice led to widespread changes in publishing in 2020.
- Many Bookstores Still Raising Cash on GoFundMe: A number of bookstores across the United States are still relying on GoFundMe to keep afloat during a catastrophic year.
- Working from Home Took Hold in 2020: A PW workplace survey found that nearly all responding publishing employees were given the option to work from home this year—and most of those workers are still doing just that.
- Making Children's Books in the Covid-19 Era: As with so many in the publishing industry, children's book art and design professionals have had to reevaluate their workflow in these unpredictable times. Here, staffers reflected on some of the challenges and surprises of shifting to working remotely.
- Chicagoland Store Delays New Opening: Bookends & Beginnings in Evanston planned to open a new storefront in November, but has been stymied by Covid-19 restrictions.
- Slow Deliveries Plague Canadian Stores: Canadian bookstores are feeling the strain of shifting to shipping as delivery services are overwhelmed.
- Powell's Closes Home and Garden Store: Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., has permanently closed its home and garden store.
- Grants Keep California Store Alive: LibroMobile, founded three years ago in Santa Ana, closed its storefront this year, but has survived because of grants and online sales.
- Booksellers See Subdued In-Store Holiday Sales, Online Eruption: Booksellers reported a significant drop in customer traffic and a commensurate drop in sales, but online orders were way up, forcing bookstores to adapt. Barack Obama's memoir and Jeff Kinney's latest were the most popular titles over the Thanksgiving weekend at stores surveyed by 'PW.'
- U.K. Allows Bookstores to Reopen: Bookstores in the U.K. have reopened after lockdown and are hoping for robust holiday sales.
- Chicago Says Goodbye to a Bookstore: The 'Chicago Tribune' offers a tribute to City Lit, a bookstore that closed this week after 8 years in business.
- Florida Loses a Bookstore: Hawsey's Book Index in Pensacola is closing after 53 years in business.
- Singapore Bookseller Goes Digital: The owner of BooksActually, which closed earlier this year, reflects on turning to online bookselling.
- Washington Loses a Bookstore: Tri-City Bible Bookstore in Richland is closing this December after nearly 80 years in business.
- Kiwi Stores Face Supply Chain Issues: Booksellers in New Zealand are having trouble getting enough books to stock up for the holiday shopping season.
- Scholastic Book Fairs Revamps with New Options in Pandemic Era: Scholastic Book Fairs has charted a new course by offering a series of redesigned book fair options to meet customers’ needs during Covid-19 restrictions.
- Guadalajara Goes Digital: The Guadalajara International Book Fair, the world's second largest book fair, is offering a virtual program with more than 300 events, including four days of professional panels and 120 book readings and launches by authors from 38 different countries.
- Canadian CEOs Ask for Bookstores to Be Labeled Essential: Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books & Music, and Kristin Cochrane, the CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, wrote a letter asking the Ontario government to allow bookstores to remain open during the new lockdown.
- Lockdown Hurts Manitoba Store's Finances: The owner of Winnipeg's Whodunit Mystery Bookstore says the current lockdown may cost him 25% of his annual revenue.
- Virginia Loses a Bookstore: Mermaid Books in Williamsburgh is closing, citing sales losses due to the pandemic as the reason.
- Poets House, Hammered by Pandemic, Suspends Operations: Poets House, the poetry library in lower Manhattan founded in 1986, has suspended operations indefinitely, due to budgetary issues caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, Lee Briccetti, the executive director of Poets House for more than 30 years, will retire in 2021.
- North Carolina Store Closes Due to Covid: Park Road Books in Charlotte has closed temporarily due to an employee testing positive for Covid-19.
- Texas Loses a Bookstore: River Oaks Bookstore in Houston is closing at the end of the year after 47 years in business.
- Rhode Island Stores Need More Sales: Riffraff in Providence is among the Rhode Island bookstores looking for a strong holiday season to finish the year.
- South Carolina Stores Fight to Survive: Several booksellers in Columbia discuss the negative impact of the pandemic on their businesses.
- B&N CEO Says Holiday Is Make or Break: James Daunt of Waterstones and B&N warms of bookstore closures if there are not sufficient holiday sales.
- Manhattan's Strand Faces More Scrutiny: Tensions are high at the Strand Book Store, which has yet to rehire many laid off staff despite recent appeal to the public.
- U.K. BA Asks for Books to Be Essential: The Booksellers Association has called for the U.K. government to deem booksellers essential workers.
- Michigan Is Losing a Bookstore: The Book Nook in Munroe is closing after 50 years in business.
- France Halts Supermarket Book Sales: At the behest of booksellers, France has told its supermarkets not to sell books during the new lockdown.
- The Crusade to Save U.S. Indies: A columnist at the 'Los Angeles Daily News' says we need to do much more to save our bookstores.
- Struggles at the Strand: Employees at NYC's beloved 93-year-old bookselling institution say its owner's attempts to save the business are making it harder than ever to run the store.
- France Considers Opening Bookstores: France is considering allowing bookstores to open during its current lockdown, which started on Friday.
- With Virus Resurgent, PRH Extends Open License for Online Readings Through March 2021: With the Covid-19 pandemic resurgent around the globe, Penguin Random House this week announced that it is extending its Open License for online story time and read-aloud videos through March 31, 2021. The program was first announced in March of 2020 to encourage digital read-aloud sessions for libraries and schools closed by the novel coronavirus outbreak
- Massachusetts Bookstore Needs Help: Harvard Bookstore in Cambridge said it needed help and asked asked for sales. Customers responded.
- Country's Oldest Kids' Store Is at Risk: Once Upon a Time children's bookstore in Glendale, in suburban Los Angeles, is fighting for survival.
- Beloved Paris Bookstore Is at Risk: Sales at Shakespeare & Co. in Paris are down 80% for the year and the store is asking customers to buy more books.
- French Bookstores Ask to Be Essential: French booksellers are asking the government to let them stay open during the new period of lockdown.
- Bargain Book Chain to Shutter: Bradley's Book Outlet, with eight locations in Pennsylvania and Indiana, is closing all stores by the end of the year.
Experts Say Covid Will Change Book Shopping Patterns Forever: Speakers on a panel organized by the Book Manufacturers Institute agreed that the Covid-19 experience will likely permanently change the way consumers shop for books and that all aspects of publishing will need to adapt to the new landscape.
- NYC's Strand Book Store Asks for Help: Nancy Bass Wyden, owner of Strand Book Store, with two locations in Manhattan, posted an open letter on social media Friday asking for help from the local community, saying sales are down 70% and that the need for more support has become urgent.
- How Bookstores Are Coping: 'Vox' takes a long look at how several indie bookstores around the country are facing challenges from Covid-19.
- After Digital Conferences, Booksellers See Hybrid Future: Following the recent slate of virtual regional bookseller conferences, both organizers and participants anticipate that in-person gatherings will make a return someday and will be part of a hybrid model that includes enhanced virtual programming.
- Post-Pandemic Comics: IDW’s New Publisher Looks Ahead: PW talks with newly appointed executives, IDW publisher Nachie Marsham and IDW v-p of sales Blake Kobashigawa, about adapting to a comics and graphic novel marketplace that has been reshaped by the pandemic.
- U.K. Booksellers See Silver Lining: Booksellers in the U.K. are optimistic about book sales, which have spiked despite new coronavirus restrictions.
- Sales as L.A. Bookstore Are Down 80%: The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles is suffering a huge decline in sales, but remains optimistic.
- Utah Bookstore Is Scraping By: Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City is facing one of the most difficult periods in its 91 years in business.
- Chicagoland Stores Fight to Survive: Powell's Books and Seminary Co-op Bookstore in Chicago continue to struggle amidst the pandemic.
- Pandemic Is Impacting California Stores: A quartet of bookstores in Pasadena are saying sales must improve dramatically if they are to remain in business.
- Frankfurt's Boos Says Physical Fairs Cannot Be Replaced: Though the all-virtual Frankfurt Book Fair was well-received, Frankfurt director Juergen Boos is all the more convinced that in-person, face-to-face book fairs are essential to the health of the industry and cannot be replaced.
- Scottish Authors Get More Financial Relief: The Society of Authors and Creative Scotland are distributing a further £600,000 ($775,000) in grants to help authors in Scotland enduring economic hardship due to the pandemic.
- Wales Is Closing Bookstores Due to Covid: All bookstores in Wales will be closed for at least two weeks as part of an effort to thwart rising cases of infection.
- California Store Reopens After Update: Underground Books in Sacramento has expanded, remodeled, and reopened.
- Frankfurt Participants See Silver Linings: The news out of the ongoing Frankfurt Book Fair, which has been entirely virtual, has largely been positive, with publishers and other industry players discussing how they have coped with the challenges caused by the pandemic.
- The Plight of the Local Bookstore: Independent booksellers are desperate for customers to return, the New York Times reports—and not just for an online reading.
- Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Ride Out the Pandemic: The Mountains & Plains Indie Booksellers Association held its annual membership meeting virtually during its online regional trade show and learned that, despite the pandemic, the organization remains on solid ground. Virtual events are planned for the spring, but MPIBA hopes to have a 2021 live in-person show.
- Los Angeles Bookstore Pivots: LA Librería, a specialty Spanish-language bookstore, has had to find new ways to connect with customers during the pandemic.
- How a Small New York Bookstore Survives: Avoid the Day bookstore in Rockaway, Queens opened earlier this year and found customers in the midst of the pandemic.
- Heyday Books Harvest Celebration Goes Digital: Berkeley, Calif.–based Heyday Books will hold its fall program, Heyday Harvest, virtually this year on October 25.
- Los Angeles Bookstores Face Cash Crunch: Several Los Angeles Bookstores are facing financial shortfalls and turning to crowdfunding to raise cash.
- New York City Kids' Store is Moving: Books of Wonder on 18th Street in Manhattan is moving to a new location a block away at 42 West 17th St. The move will be completed this month.
- Chicago is Losing an Indie Store: City Lit Books in Logan Square is closing in December as a result of lost sales from the pandemic.
- Las Vegas Bookstore to Close: Amber Unicorn Books in Las Vegas is closing after 39 years in business.
- Bookselling Activism During the Pandemic: At its fall show, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association members discussed how to keep activism front and center at bookstores—even as the Covid-19 crisis limits physical interaction and community events.
- Pandemic Could Close Paris Booksellers: The Covid-19 crisis is threatening Paris's famed Seine-side booksellers, "les bouquinistes," who have been around since the 1500s.
- Massachusetts City's Bookstore Turnover: The Sea Howl Bookstore has opened in Orleans, while the Booksmith has closed.
- Kentucky Loses a Bookstore: Books on Main in Hopkinsville is closing permanently. It had been open since 2015.
- HMH Reorganization Will Cut 525 Jobs As Houghton Mifflin Harcourt shifts more of its education publishing business to the creation of digital products, the company said it has implemented a restructuring program that will cut its workforce by 22% in order to save between $95 million to $100 million annually. HMH Books & Media is not affected by the restructuring.
- Connecticut Loses a Bookstore: That Book Store in Wethersfield is closing permanently. It had been open since 2018.
- Vroman's in Pasadena Needs More Sales: The 126-year-old California bookstore says sales are down 40% for the year, and that they need a strong fall and holiday season to survive.
- Colorado Loses a Bookstore: The Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe has closed in Boulder. It had been open for 10 years.
- Southern Festival of Books 2020 Goes Virtual: This year, Tennessee's biggest literary festival will move its 11-day show, which starts on October 1, online.
- Bookstores Need More than Hope. They Need Sales. And Soon: Despite expanding their services during the most challenging time for retailers in recent memory, booksellers enter the holiday season worried about forces beyond their control.
- IBPA Will Hold Virtual Conference in 2021: The Independent Book Publishers Association has announced that the IBPA Publishing University 2021 will be a virtual event next April.
- Club, Fair Declines Plague Scholastic: Cost cuts improved Scholastic's bottom line in the first quarter, but sales at book fairs and book clubs tumbled in the period, and are expected to remain low in the current quarter.
- Manhattan Culinary Store Raises Cash: Kitchen Arts & Letters raised $101,000 on GoFundMe to stay open after stars rallied to the cause.
- Artist Relief Distributes $13.5 Million in Pandemic Grants: Artists Relief, a funding initiative created to assist artists suffering under the pandemic, has distributed more than $13.5 million in emergency grants to more than 2,700 individuals since it was launched in April.
- Our Civic Duty to Shop at Bookstores: An editorial at SFGate argues that people have a societal responsibility to buy from bookstores and namechecks several in San Francisco.
- Book Fair Directors Say Live Shows Must Go On: On the eve of the Gothenburg Book Fair, which runs September 24-28, director Frida Edman and Frankfurt's Juergen Boos have written an open letter saying virtual events are no substitute for live fairs.
- BABF Launches Berkeley #UNBOUND: Bay Area Book Festival will hold a virtual one day festival, featuring 22 world-renowned personalities, on October 3.
- Chicago Store Saved by Social Media: Semicolon, a black-owned bookstore, was saved from closing by its 67,000 Instagram followers.
- Women Authors Cope with the Pandemic: Nearly six months into the pandemic, increased time spent at home has led to unique challenges for women. PW reached out to authors who are also mothers to learn how the coronavirus has affected their work
- Frankfurt 2020: A Virtual Experiment: With the physical fair canceled, the international event is creating new online opportunities for publishers.
- Waterstones Sheds Main Office Staff: The U.K. bookseller has eliminated 16 jobs in its main office, citing a "challenging trading climate."
- Bookstore Sales Fell 24.6% in July: Bookstore sales dropped 24.6% in July compared to a year ago, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The July results were an improvement over steeper sales drops in recent months, but sales through the first seven months of 2020 were down 31.6%.
- 2020 TBF Digital Lineup: The full lineup for the 2020 Texas Book Festival Weekend has been announced, and includes Matthew McConaughey, David Chang, Kevin Kwan, Sigrid Nunez, Isabel Wilkerson, Julia Alvarez, Michael J. Sandel, and Ibi Zoboi.
- Literary Arts Emergency Fund Donates $3.5 Million: The fund, jointly launched in response to Covid-19 by the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazine & Presses, and the National Book Foundation, will benefit 292 nonprofit literary arts organizations, magazines, and presses.
- Licensing Leadership Summit Goes Digital: The Licensing Leadership Summit, which was rescheduled to be held at Hilton New York Midtown on November 5 and 6, is going virtual on October 28 and 29.
- Portland Book Festival's Virtual Lineup: This year’s festival will take place online from November 5 to 21, and the lineup has just been announced.
- Fall Regionals 2020: The Virtual Edition: This year’s bookseller shows are moving online, but still have plenty of author events, education, and exhibits. Plus, ABA CEO Allison Hill shares an urgent message with publishers.
- Graywolf Takes Literary Salon Virtual: Graywolf Press is moving its annual Literary Salon online this year due to the pandemic. While the event is free, donations are appreciated.
- Frankfurt Cancels Physical Fair, Goes All Virtual: The Frankfurt Book Fair has canceled its physical, in-person fair and will proceed as an entirely virtual, online-only event. It will take place, as scheduled, October 12-18.
- Indie Publishers Ride the Pandemic Roller Coaster: A PW survey of six independent publishers scattered across the country found mixed results about how business has gone so far this year.
- Booker Dinner Canceled: Literary London's flagship event, the formal dinner at Guildhall in the City at which the Booker Prize is presented, has been canceled over fears of the coronavirus, reports BookBrunch. The presentation will be held at a smaller, lower-key event at on November 17.
- How Seattle Stores Are Coping with Covid: Booksellers in Seattle are finding ways to sell books in the midst of the pandemic, but many are facing diminished sales.
- California Volunteer Store Struggles: Café con Libros in Pomona is a volunteer-run community store that is facing a shortfall of workers to run the store.
- Bookstore Opens in Upstate New York: Odyssey Bookstore in Ithaca is one of a number of bookstores around the U.S. that first opened its doors during the pandemic.
- California Indie Is Raising Cash: DIESEL: A Bookstore, with two locations in California, is asking for $40,000 on GoFundMe for working capital.
BMI Fall Conference Goes Virtual: The Book Manufacturers’ Institute has made the move to virtual for its 2020 Fall Annual Conference, which will take place the last two weeks of October and be held over a number of days featuring 1-hour sessions and other networking functions.
- Beijing Book Fair Makes Virtual Pivot: The 27th edition of the Beijing International Book Fair, which would have taken place at the China International Exhibition Center from August 26 to August 30, kicked off its virtual version last week. Meanwhile, data shows that the Chinese book market is showing improvement since plunging when the Covid-19 pandemic began.
- Canadian Book Sales Recover from Covid-19 Dip: The last eight weeks of book sales in Canada have been better than the corresponding period in 2019 and the market is slowly making up for sales lost earlier in the year due to the Covid-19 crisis, says BookNet Canada's CEO Noah Genner.
- Changing Jobs in the Age of Covid-19: Starting a new job under the cloud of the pandemic is inarguably difficult. To get a handle on just how tricky it can be, we checked in with a number of recent hires in the children's publishing world, who spoke about the challenges of learning the ropes of a new position while working remotely.
- Ann Patchett Discusses Indie Struggles: The owner of Nashville's Parnassus Books describes the challenges facing the store during the pandemic.
- Working to Survive the Pandemic: Bob and Angel Dobrow, co-owners of Zenith Bookstore in Duluth, Minn., write candidly about the challenges they face.
- Printers Confirm: Capacity for Trade Titles Tight: During a Book Manufacturers Institute’s webinar on August 26, representatives from across the book manufacturing spectrum confirmed something that has been widely discussed in publishing circles for many weeks: printing capacity for trade books is tight.
- Bucks County Announces Digital Lineup: The Bucks County Book Festival has announced its lineup for its virtual fair on September 25-26, featuring keynote speaker Ibram X. Kendi.
- Waterstones Closes Another Branch: The U.K. chain is not renewing the lease on its store in Lancaster on King Street.
- Stores Making Covid-19 Independent Bookstore Day Adjustments: Independent Bookstore Day is going to be a quite different celebration of books and authors this year. While some bookstores are organizing hybrid festivities, at least one is holding a completely virtual celebration.
- New Mexico Bookstore Reaches Milestone: Amy's Bookcase in Farmington is celebrating 40 years in business.
- B&N Closing Baltimore Power Plant Store: Barnes & Noble is closing its store in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, which is located in a former power plant.
- Virtual Exhibitors, Agents at Frankfurt to Have Multiple Platforms: Virtual exhibitors, including literary agents and rights representatives, will be able to participate in the upcoming fair and promote themselves through a variety of means, including the fair's online catalog, webinars, and its new digital rights platform.
- Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day This Saturday: This year's Independent Bookstore Day is taking place on Saturday, August 29. More than 600 stores are participating in the day, which will feature a day-long lineup of virtual events for both children and adults.
- A Look at New Bookstores: We highlight several new stores across the country that have opened recently and are finding a foothold in spite of the pandemic.
- What Chronicle Books Is Learning from Covid-19: Chronicle is using the pandemic as an opportunity to rethink its future.
- California Bookstore Is On the Move: Abril Bookstore in Glendale is moving.
- Montana Bookstore Still Welcomes Readers: Cassiopeia Books in Great Falls is persisting despite the pandemic.
- Massachusetts Store Is Saved: Locals rallied to save the Bookstore in Lenox from closing permanently due to the Covid-19 crisis.
- The Library Is Open (Sort Of...): 'PW' columnist and White Plains (NY) Public Library Director Brian Kenney offers an update one month after his library's partial reopening.
- Boston Loses Italian-American Bookstore: I AM Books in Boston's North End is closing its storefront after five years in business. It maintains an online store.
- A Los Angeles Bookstore Gets Creative: The Last Bookstore turned to book bundles and charging a $5 fee on entering the store to survive during the pandemic.
- Massachusetts Stores Cope with Changes: Bookstores around Harvard Square in Cambridge are among the retail shops adjusting to the new reality.
- Alabama Store Thrives by Being Virtual: Ernest and Hadley Booksellers in Tuscaloosa is relying on virtual book clubs and online events to keep the store afloat.
- Taiwan's Estlite to Close Three Stores: Taiwanese chain Estlite is closing three more stores, after closing six earlier this year.
- Boston Store Needs Help: The New England Mobile Book Fair is in search of a new location and falling short of raising $75,000 it needs to move.
- Texas Loses a Bookstore: Wolfmueller's Books in Kerrville is closing permanently. It opened as a standalone bookstore in 2004.
- India's Bookstores Adapt to the Pandemic: Bookstores across India are coming up with new ways of selling books in order to survive.
- June Bookstore Sales Fell 35%: June bookstore sales were $384 million, a decline of 35.3% from June 2019, according to results from the U.S. Census Bureau. As severe as the June decline was, it represented an improvement of nearly 30% over May sales.
- Oklahoma Stores Are Doing Fine: Bookstores in Tulsa have seen surprisingly strong sales since the start of the pandemic.
- European E-book, Audiobook Sales See Pandemic Pop: E-book and audiobook sales have been robust throughout the period that saw many bricks-and-mortar bookstores shut down across Europe as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, according to a new report from Bookwire.
- Windham-Campbell Prizes Festival Canceled: The event, planned for this September, will be replaced with a virtual keynote address by Samuel R. Delany, and later in the fall, the Yale Review will collaborate in presenting a special issue devoted to the 2020 prize recipients.
- Massachusetts Store Seeks New Home: The New England Mobile Book Fair is raising $75,000 to pay to relocate by August 31.
- Massachusetts Store to Stay Open: The Bookstore in Lenox has raised nearly $80,000 on GoFundMe to remain in business.
- New York Comic Con 2020 Canceled, Switches to Virtual Event: ReedPop, organizer of New York Comic Con, scheduled to be held October 8-11 at the Javits Convention Center, has canceled the annual in-person 2020 event and plans to partner with YouTube to produce an all-digital version of the giant pop culture convention.
- Decatur Book Festival Goes Virtual: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, presented by Emory University, has announced that the event will be free and completely virtual this year, and will be held September 4-October 4.
- Virginia Bookstore to Remain Open: The Book Exchange of Midlothian has a new owner and will not close.
- Virginia Stores Share Pandemic Struggles: A trio of indie bookstores in Richmond are working hard to stay afloat during the Covid-19 crisis.
- Arizona Loses a Bookstore: The Literate Lizard bookstore in Sedona is closing permanently.
- Some Big Publishers Find Ways to Cope: Cost cuts and higher sales of digital products have eased the impact of the Covid-19 on the bottom line for some publishers.
- HBG Offices to Remain Closed Until Further Notice: HBG CEO Michael Pietsch said that the publisher will not reopen its Manhattan and other offices until further notice and that company employees will receive a six week notice ahead of any office reopenings.
- L.A. Festival of Books Goes Digital: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, delayed from its usual April slot by the pandemic, will hold an event virtually this fall.
- Manhattan Shop Raises Cash to Move: Bluestockings, the activist bookstore in New York City, is raising $150,000 on GoFundMe to move the store to a new location.
- Online Events Scheduled for Romance Day: The online event schedule for Bookstore Romance Day, taking place on Saturday, August 15, is online.
- ALA Cancels 2021 Midwinter Meeting, Announces Virtual Conference: "Though we very much hoped to be able to meet in person in Indianapolis, the health and safety of conference attendees, ALA members and staff, exhibitors, and other stakeholders are the priority," said Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., ALA president, in announcing the move.
- Georgia Loses a Bookstore: Normal Books, a bargain bookstore in Athens, has closed permanently.
- Carolina Store Hosts Online Book Chats: Bookmarks in Winston-Salem is holding virtual "show-and-tell" events for customers to discuss books.
- Yale Publishing Course Postponed: The Yale Publishing Course Leadership Strategies in Book Publishing session for 2020 has been postponed. The program will resume in the summer of 2021.
- Florida Store in a Fight for Survival: Brant's Used Books in Sarasota is struggling to stay in business during the pandemic.
- U.K. Loses Another Waterstones: Waterstones is closing its branch in Milton Keynes after a rent dispute.
- Binc Adding Staff to Service Demand: Citing a surge in demand for its services, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, the nonprofit organization that assists booksellers in need, has promoted Kate Weiss to programs manager, and is recruiting a new communications coordinator.
- C4F Hosts Binc Fundraiser: This Thursday, the Center for Fiction is hosting a virtual fundraiser with authors Jericho Brown, Carmen Maria Machado, Celeste Ng, and Karen Russell, which will benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
- Powell's Books Reopens One Location: The Oregon chain has reopened its store in Beaverton.
- W.H. Smith May Cut 1,500 Jobs: The U.K. retailer has seen a huge drop in sales due to the pandemic and is likely to cull staff to save costs.
- PRH Won't Return to Offices Until 'It's Safe and Practical': Following a survey of its workforce gauging employee experience with working remotely and reaction to the prospect of returning to its Manhattan offices, Penguin Random House US has confirmed that it will not return to its offices "until sometime next year."
- Washington State Loses a Bookstore: Shakespeare & Co. Coffee and Used Books in Chehalis has permanently closed.
- U.K. Sales Bolstered by Staycationers: Britons staying at home through their summer holidays have bolster sales at indie bookshops.
- African Chain Uses Uber to Deliver Books: South African bookstore chain Exclusive Books has adapted to the pandemic and set up a delivery service through Uber Eats.
- Publishers Play the Pandemic Waiting Game: As Covid-19 continues to spread, many fall events have moved online, and publishers don’t see a meaningful return of employees anytime soon.
- Penguin Random House Extends Temporary E-book, Digital Audio Terms for Libraries: Terms of sale first enacted in March to help librarians during the Covid-19 crisis will now run through the end of the year. "It is clear that this extension is necessary to assist in meeting the needs of patrons and home-bound school kids," wrote PRH senior v-p Skip Dye in a note to librarians.
- New York State Bookstore Is Moving: Off the Beaten Path in Lakewood is moving to a larger location that will open on August 10.
- Community Helps Black Bookstore Rebuild: Uncle Bobbie's in Philadelphia was damaged during two break-ins and forced to close, but is reopening this week.
- Confessions of a Jaded Kiwi Bookseller: An anonymous bookseller in New Zealand vividly describes the frustrations of her daily work.
- Waterstones Closes Two University Stores: Waterstones has permanently closed its branches at universities in Hull and Essex.
- AAP Pegs 2019 Sales Growth at 1.1%: Final estimates from the AAP found a 1.1% increase in total industry sales in 2019 over 2018. Sales were estimated to be $25.93 billion. The increase was led by a 20.4% jump in sales in the PreK-12 category, where sales were $4.07 billion. In the trade category, sales inched ahead 0.4%, to $16.23 billion.
- Amazon Online Sales Soared in Q2: Online sales at Amazon jumped 48% in the second quarter of 2020 over the comparable period in 2019, to $45.9 billion. Total revenue rose 40% and operating income skyrocketed 87%.
- June Rebound Eases Declines at Lagardère Publishing: Revenue in the first six months of 2020 fell 7% at Lagardère Publishing compared to the same period in 2019, helped by a 20% jump in June sales. Hachette Book Group had the best performance in the period, with sales falling 1%.
- Brooklyn Book Fest Goes Virtual for 2020: The 15th Annual Brooklyn Book Festival, which will take place September 28-October 5 this year, will be held entirely virtually due to pandemic-related restrictions on public gatherings. Brooklyn-born playwright Lynn Nottage will be honored with this year’s Best of Brooklyn Award.
- Stephenie Meyer to Embark on Pandemic Book Tour: When it comes to promoting her fifth novel in the Twilight Saga, 'Midnight Sun,' during Covid-19, Stephenie Meyer has found a creative way to connect safely with her fans. In celebration of the book, which releases on August 4, she will hold a socially distanced in-person appearance (at a drive-in theater) and three virtual events.
- California Loses a Children's Bookstore: Charlie's Corner, a children's bookstore in San Francisco, has closed permanently after five years in business.
- How the Pandemic Changes Bookselling: The former owner of Fact and Fiction bookstore in Delhi explains why bookselling has changed forever.
- Waterstones Culls Staff, Delays Openings: Waterstones has laid off staff at its head office and will delay reopening several stores due to poor sales prospects.
- Romanian Online Store Orders Pop: Libris.ro has seen a 27% increase in the number of books ordered in the first seven months of 2020 over 2019.
- French Booksellers See Sales Pop: After reopening, the French booksellers report a sales gain of 29% between May and July, but are still down 14% for the year.
- Italy's Book Sales Bounce Back: The recent return of book buyers to stores in Italy has helped the overall Italian book business bounce back. After showing a year-over-year revenue loss of 20% through April 18, that loss is down to 11% as of July 11.
- Powell's Closes Portland Airport Stores: Powell's Books has closed its two stores in the Portland, Ore., airport permanently after 30 years in business there.
- Utah Store Needs Cash to Stay Open: Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City is raising $250,000 on GoFundMe to remain in business.
- Hong Kong Bookstore Closes: Swidon Book Company in Hong Kong is closing its retail store after 50 years to focus on online bookselling.
- U.K. Considers New Online Tax: The U.K. is considering levying a new tax on online stores to protect retail stores.
- The Pandemic Pushed Publishing Into the Digital Realm. So What's Next?: With the digital future arriving early, publishers are going to need to adapt.
- Pandemic Success Highlights Rockridge Press’s Data-Driven Strategy: The primary imprint of 10-year-old Callisto Media began to dip its toes into the children’s sector just two years ago—and is now seeing big results.
- Upstate New York Stores Face the Future: Booksellers in upstate New York discuss their strategies for keeping customers safe, healthy and happy.
- California Loses a Bookstore: Wolfman Books in Oakland is closing after six years in business.
- Revenue Tumbled 71% in First Half of 2020 at Reed Exhibitions: Revenue at Reed Exhibitions, whose businesses include BookExpo, fell to £201 million, from £684 million in the first six months of 2019, and the group had an adjusted operating loss of £117 million compared to a profit of £231 million a year ago.
- Europe's Pandemic Sales Slide Quantified: A report by the Federation of European Publishers aims to quantify the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on European publishers, citing a significant plunge in bookstore sales and commensurate lost revenue for publishers.
- Books In Bloom Goes Online: The festival, now in its fourth year, will be held free online and will run for six weeks, from July 16 to August 20.
- Florida Loses a Bookstore: Books-A-Million is closing its Jacksonville Beach store after 25 years in business at that location.
- New ‘Festival of Licensing’ To Connect Global Licensors and Licensees Virtually: As trade shows across all industries look for ways to stay relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Global Licensing Group, organizer of Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, has canceled the live version of its London-based Brand Licensing Europe trade show, scheduled for October. Instead, it is launching a global, month-long, virtual Festival of Licensing from October 6-29, 2020.
- Barnes & Noble Regroups and Looks Ahead: After the shutdown, layoffs, and a major redesign, the bookseller is reopening its stores in an uncertain book market.
- May Bookstore Sales Took Another Dive: May bookstore sales dropped 59.8% compared to a year ago, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Sales were $271 million, down from $675 million in May 2019.
- Library Supporters Urge Action on Bill to Provide Relief Funding for Public Libraries: With the August recess looming and another round of coronavirus relief in the works, $2 billion in funding for libraries hangs in the balance.
- 2020 NYT/NYPL Best Illustrated Awards Canceled: For the first time in 68 years, the New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Awards and its corresponding ceremony will be canceled, due to complications arising from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The awards, usually announced each November with a celebratory event following soon after, will resume in fall 2021.
- Sourcebooks Allows Remote Work Until 2021: Sourcebooks is allowing all employees in its four U.S. offices to work from home through the end of the year.
- California Loses a Bookstore: Randall House Rare Books in Santa Barbara is closing.
- $3.5 Million in Grants Available for Nonprofit Publishers, Lit Orgs: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has provided $3.5 million to support the establishment of the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which will support nonprofit literary publishers and organizations with $5,000-$50,000 emergency grants.
- Powell's Bookstores Remain Closed, Owner Concerned: The owner of Powell's Books, with five locations in Portland, Ore., says the stores will remain closed due to health concerns, and noted that once the company's PPP loan runs out, it will face "painful choices."
- Twin Cities Book Festival Goes Virtual: Event sponsor Rain Taxi will take the 20th annual Twin Cities Book Festival online, and also expand the festival from one day to three.
- How a New Jersey Store Has Survived: Sales of puzzles have helped Books & Greetings in Northvale survive the pandemic so far.
- Pennsylvania Store Shifts Events Online: Jason Hafer of Reads & Company in Phoenixville said engaging with the local community is key to staying in business.
- U.K. Stores Shift Strategies to Sell: U.K. bookstores are adapting to the pandemic in various ways.
- Romance GenreCon Festival Goes Virtual: On August 7 and 8, The Mid-Continent Public Library will offer a variety of virtual events on its Romance GenreCon Facebook page.
- Michigan Store to Stay Open: Horizon Books in Traverse City will now stay open after having announced plans to close.
- Stores in Florida Find a Way to Thrive: Despite a huge surge in Covid-19 infections, several stores in St. Petersburg are seeing business boom.
- Oregon Stores Are Coping with Corona: Bookstores in central Oregon say sales are slow, but they are adapting to new challenges from the pandemic.
- Irish Chain Closes Shops in the North: Eason is permanently closing its seven bookstores in Northern Ireland.
- Vermont Bookstore Is for Sale: Bridgeside Books in Waterbury has been put on the market.
- Michigan Store Plans Sales Under Tents: Totem Books in Flint has reopened and is planning to hold outdoor book sales under tents.
- U.K. Bookstores Prep for Facemasks: Booksellers in the U.K. are embracing the government demand that all customers wear masks as of July 24.
- Strand Book Store Union Denounces New Layoffs: The Strand Book Store’s union forcefully denounced the firing of twelve booksellers who were only recently rehired after mass layoffs during the first weeks of the new coronavirus outbreak in March.
- Hong Kong Book Fair Postponed: Hong Kong will suspend its annual book fair and other events amid a third wave of Covid-19 infections in China.
- Phoenix Inclusive Bookstore to Close: Enchanted Chapters, built to cater to people with autism and other disabilities, is closing after 10 months in business.
- Oklahoma Store Raises Cash with Music: Best of Books in Edmond is planning a series of virtual musical events as fundraisers to help the store through the pandemic.
- U.K. BA Chief Says Bookstores Need Help: The head of the Booksellers Association argues that the survival of bookstores is essential, but that they will need help.
- Book Launches Get More Creative: Authors, shut out of holding in-person events at bookstores, have adapted to the digital book event, and book launches are getting more creative and collaborative as a result.
- Tennessee Loses a Bookstore: Books-A-Million is closing its location in Hixon at the end of January 2021.
- Remainder Store in Georgia Is Closing: Normal Books in Athens is closing after more than two years in business.
- Massachusetts Stores Adapt to the Times: Bookstores in Worcester are offering a variety of services to customers and are prioritizing safety.
- U.K. Indie Stores See More Sales: 'The Bookseller' reports that business is improving at bookstores post lockdown, but normal is a ways away.
- 2020 National Book Awards Ceremony Will Be Virtual: This year's National Book Awards ceremony, which is typically a glittery black tie ball at Cipriani Wall Street in lower Manhattan, will instead be a virtual event, hosted online on November 18.
- U.K.'s Gardners to Reopen Warehouse: Gardners will reopen the Bertrams warehouse in Norwich, which was closed due to bankruptcy.
- Heartland Summer: Buying Frontlist During a Pandemic: Paying close attention to market trends is key to buying new books in a pandemic, speakers at a conference co-hosted by The Midwest Indie Booksellers Association and Great Lakes Indie Booksellers Association said.
- Coronavirus Shutters Longtime NYC Children's Bookstore: Bank Street Bookstore, a Manhattan mainstay of children's bookselling, has announced that the store will close in August after half a century in operation.
- Missouri Loses a Bookstore: The Student Book Exchange in Springfield is closing after 56 years in business.
- Sharjah Book Fair Confirms Plans to Go Ahead: The Sharjah International Book Fair, scheduled for November 4-14, said all booth space has sold out and the fair will go ahead as planned, albeit with new health and safety protocols.
- PubWest 2020 to Be Held Online: The conference, which will still take place February 4-6, 2021, will be fully digital.
- Comics Without Cons: With public gatherings on hold, comics publishers and creators and pop culture show organizers struggle.
- Mailchimp Produces Virtual Book Festival: Mailchimp, the email newsletter platform, has launched By the Books, a virtual book festival, which includes a showcase of new books, a podcast, free-to-stream documentaries, and more.
- Frankfurt Moves Canada to Guest of Honor 2021: Canada’s presentation as guest of honor at Frankfurt Book Fair 2020 has been postponed until 2021. All subsequent countries scheduled as guest of honor will be bumped one year.
- Texas Store Finds Purpose in Pandemic: Redbird Books, a bookstore in Victoria, is thriving during the Covid-19 lockdown as people find solace in reading.
- Why B&N Closed a Manhattan Location: B&N's CEO said that the B&N on the Upper East Side closed because "it just wasn't working" and they were able to end their lease.
- Reopening Stores Requires Balance: Channel News Asia reports U.S. bookstores are stuck between wanting to selling books and keeping customers safe.
- How an Ontario Store Copes with Corona: The owners of the Bookshelf in Guelph discuss how they are dealing with the pandemic.
- Massachusetts Bookstore to Close: Booksmith Musicsmith in Orleans is closing after more than 25 years in business.
- 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.
- Beijing International Book Fair Goes Virtual: The Beijing International Book Fair, scheduled for August 26-30, has canceled all physical events and will be refashioned as a virtual book fair.
- North Carolina's Newest Mobile Bookstore: After closing their storefront due to the pandemic, the owners of the Cultivator Bookstore in Murfreesboro created a bookmobile.
- Texas Bookstore Still to Come: Jenny Lawson talks about the delayed opening of Nowhere Bookshop in San Antonio.
- U.K. Booksellers Focus on Safe Shopping: The owner of Rossiter Books in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, discusses the government's guidance for safe shopping.
- Sale of Book-themed Masks to Benefit Binc: The American Booksellers Association and Out of Print have collaborated on a new line of book-themed face masks. The masks go on sale July 6 with a portion of each sale is being donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.
- Upstate New York Store for Kids Adapts: Children's bookstore Treehouse Reading and Arts Center in New York Mills is adjusting to the new normal.
- Many Malaysian Bookstores May Close: The future and fate of many Malaysian independent bookstores is uncertain.
- Small Presses Cope During Covid-19, Part II: Just like the companies in the New York City and Minneapolis publishing hubs, independent presses in other parts of the country said that sales are starting to rebound after two months of declines, a 'PW' survey has found.
- Ohio Store Thrives Despite Pandemic: Browse Awhile Books in Tipp City has long focused on online sales, which has helped it cope with the coronavirus shutdown.
- Canada Needs Its Bookstores: The publisher of Cormorant Books argues that Canada cannot afford to lose any more bookstores.
- Southern Festival of Books Goes Online: The 32nd annual Southern Festival of Books will take place online and free of charge from Oct. 1–11.
- Maine Loses a Bookstore: Dooryard Books in Rockland is closing at the end of July and the owner is giving away all remaining stock for free.
- B&N Makes Headquarter Layoffs: Even as its stores reopen, Barnes & Noble has laid off a number of employees at its headquarters, including some book buyers.
- Texas Loses a Bookstore: Phoenix Bookstore in Laredo is closing permanently after six months in business.
- TBF to Host Virtual Fest in Fall: The Texas Book Festival will take place entirely online this year, featuring two full weeks of free virtual programming Oct. 31–Nov. 15.
- B&N Closes Upper East Side Store: Barnes & Noble plans to close its 12-year-old Manhattan location on the Upper East Side. 64 booksellers will be laid off.
- Two Tahoe Bookstores to Reopen: Word After Word in Truckee, Calif., and Cuppa Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., are both opening for in-store customers in the popular resort region.
- 46-Year-Old Berkeley Bookstore Closes: University Press Books, a Berkeley, Calif., mainstay, has closed after 46 years in business.
- Midtown Reader Debuts Bookmobile: Tallahassee, Tenn.-based Midtown Reader has debuted an electric smart car bookmobile for book deliveries.
- Indigo Closing 20 Smaller Stores: Indigo Books & Music CEO Heather Reisman said "seismic" losses have led the company to shutter 20 of its small-format Coles locations.
- Indie Publishers Cope with Covid-19: A survey 'PW' conducted with small-sized publishers found no plan for immediate return to offices and a trend of strong backlist sales.
- PNBA Switches to Virtual Trade Show: The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has canceled its annual in-person trade show and will instead host a virtual event, to be held during the original dates of September 30-October 2.
- Frankfurt Still a Go: The Frankfurter Buchmesse sent out a release this week assuring those planning to attend this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair that the event will go ahead.
- Rona Jaffe Foundation Cancels Awards Ceremony: The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards celebration in September has been canceled due to ongoing coronavirus concerns. The 2020 award winners will be announced online this fall.
- San Francisco's City Lights Reopens: City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco reopened this week after raising $365,000 in a single day.
- San Diego Loses a Bookstore: Run for Cover Bookstore is closing on July 1.
- 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.
- B&N Closes Manhattan Store: Barnes & Noble has permanently closed its store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after 12 years in that location.
- Customers Return to London Bookstores: Readers returned to bookstores in London as they reopened this week.
- 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, and advance sales released by the U.S. Census Bureau showed improvement in total retail sales for the month.
- Six Publishers Plan Indie Shindig: The new program is aimed at promoting new books to independent booksellers in the absence of the numerous trade shows that have been postponed because of the coronavirus.
- U.K. Bookstores Have Strong First Day: U.K. bookstores were allowed to reopen on Monday and reported robust sales.
- B&N Opens New Store in Florida: The new Barnes & Noble store in Sarasota has implemented the company's pandemic safety protocols.
- Independent Publishing in a Post-Covid World: The IBPA speculates about what changes caused by the virus may be permanent.
- 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.
- Comic Book Stores to Close: Five comic book stores will close permanently, including Comics Dungeon in Seattle.
- Wisconsin Online Store Wins Accolades: Lion's Tooth, an online-only bookstore based in Milwaukee, is winning customers and praise during the pandemic.
- Indie Stores Fear Losing Community: The lockdowns across the world have separated bookstores from what they value most: community.
- ABA's Priority Is 'Keeping Bookstores Open': The ABA's Virtual Town Hall held Thursday addressed a wide range of topics, from the shift to online bookselling to racism to marketing activities, all with one thing in mind: the need to keep bookstores in business.
- Internet Archive to End 'National Emergency Library' Initiative: Citing a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by publishers, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle announced this week that the IA’s National Emergency Library initiative will cease opertation on June 16, two weeks earlier than its previously announced June 30 closing date.
- Koreans Shift Book Buying to Online: Online sales at Kyobo, Korea's largest bookstore chain, oustripped in-store sales for the first time.
- Massachusetts Religious Store Reopens: Heritage House in Brockton, a religious bookstore, is cautiously welcoming customers again.
- Illinois Gets a New Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble is opening a new, redesigned store in Schaumberg, which will be smaller than the city's previous location.
- Fall for the Book Goes Digital: The Virginia-based festival is moving its festival online and, instead of hosting four days filled to the brim with programs, will extend its programming from September through November.
- With a Plunge in Returns, Net Sales Fell 3.5% in April: Net sales declined only 3.5% in April for publishers who report to AAP's StatShot program. That small drop, however, was due to a significant decline in returns. Publishers are concerned that returns will be heavier than usual when stores reopen and start shipping back unsold titles.
- Virus Leads to Down Fourth Quarter at Wiley: Fourth quarter sales and earnings fell at John Wiley compared to fiscal 2019 due to lower sales of print books, test prep programs, and corporate training. Sales for the year rose 2%, though a number of one-time charges led to an operating loss.
- Brooklyn Bookstore Closes Permanently: Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab, which has been open for four years, is closing.
- Georgia Bookstore's Funny Promo: Eagle Eye Book Shop in Decatur posted a 1980s-style parody commercial touting their big reopening sale.
- Online Book Sales Soar in Russia: Ozon, one of Russia's biggest online booksellers, has seen sales spike 115% since the start of the pandemic.
- A Manhattan Bookstore's Corona Strategy: 'New York' magazine looks at how Three Lives & Co. is managing business during the pandemic.
- Bilingual Arizona Store Will Survive: Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix has raised $10,000 to remain open for now.
- On Opening a Black Bookstore in Philly: The owner of Harriett's Bookshop in Pennsylvania discusses the pandemic and protests.
- California Bookstore on the New Reality: Beers Books in Sacramento has reopened with new safety measures in place.
- The Bronx's Bookstore Eyes Reopening: The owner of The Lit. Bar shares her views on the protests and phase one of reopening stores in New York City.
- Michigan Bookstore Raises Cash: The Bookman in Grand Haven is raising $40,000 on GoFundMe to pay for expenses.
- Maine Loses an Independent Bookstore: Nubble Books in Biddeford, which had been open for ten years, is closing permanently.
- New York's Publishers Won't Reopen Until September: None of the major New York City publishers who took part in a PW survey about their efforts to return employees to their Manhattan headquarters had fixed plans—and none said they expected to begin bringing staff back in a meaningful way before September 1.
- What It's Like to Be a Frontline Bookseller During a Pandemic: Frontline booksellers are the first people customers see when they set foot in bookstores across America, and are among the most vulnerable workers in the publishing industry. This is what their world looks like now.
- Changes Loom as Public Libraries Begin to Reopen: Observers in recent years have argued that if public libraries didn’t already exist in America, we wouldn’t be able to invent them. In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, the question now is: Can we reinvent them?
- ALA Offers Members Free, or Reduced, Registration for 2020 Annual Conference: Thanks to a select group of sponsors, the fee for ALA members is just $60, and registration is free for any library professional who has been furloughed, laid off, or has had a reduction in hours. Registration closes on Wednesday, June 17, at noon (CT).
- Libraries Offer Access to Graphic Novels in Pandemic: Facing closures and budget shortfalls, libraries look for new ways to support graphic novels amid the ongoing pandemic.
- The Plights of Publishing Freelancers During the Pandemic: First person accounts from an illustrator, a publicist, a typesetter, and an editor, all of whom operate as freelance talent.
- Canadian Libraries Get Temporary E-book, Licensing Relief: Thanks to the changes, libraries will be able to buy more electronic copies and patrons won't have to wait as long to get their hands on them.
- Moscow Book Fair Goes On: The Russian city's annual book fair has drawn crowds despite coronavirus curbs.
- Iconic Indian Bookstore Shutters: Full Circle Bookstore in Delhi, one of the best known in the city, is closing after 20 years in business.
- Amazon Sued Over Warehouses: The e-tailer has been sued over its warehouse policies after a New York worker brought the coronavirus home, resulting in her cousin's death.
- Amazon Reverses Ban On Coronavirus Book: The e-commerce giant had blocked the sale of the book by a former New York Times reporter and conservative-media commentator over concerns that its content violated company guidelines.
- Connecticut Stores Welcome Customers: Connecticut bookstores are pleased to see customers return again.
- Waterstones CEO Is Confident of Future: Waterstones CEO James Daunt told publishers the chain will emerge transformed from the coronavirus crisis.
- Hachette, Bloomsbury Won't Travel to Frankfurt: Hachette Livre and Bloomsbury Publishing are the latest publishers to announce they won't be sending employees to the Frankfurt Book Fair this year.
- The Pleasure of Browsing Is Paramount: An essay in the Bookseller says that serendipity is what will keep bookstores alive.
- Colorado Store Greets Customers Again: Boulder Bookstore reopened yesterday to customers and delivered a list of articles to contextualize the protests.
- California Loses a Children's Bookstore: A Whale of a Tale Children's Bookshoppe in Irvine has closed permanently.
- Blackwell's to Close Five U.K. Stores: Blackwell's is closing five bookstores at universities across the U.K. due to the pandemic.
- Digital Hay Festival Attracts 500,000: Almost half a million people logged on to watch the first online Hay Festival.
- S&S, Macmillan, HarperCollins Won't Send Staff to Frankfurt
S&S, Macmillan, and HarperCollins confirmed that they will not be sending U.S. staff to this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. All said they are open to participating in digital or virtual events.
- California Store Fights for Survival: Hicklebee's children's bookstore in San Jose is raising $300,000 on GoFundMe to stay in business.
- Frankfurt Organizers Fine-Tune Upcoming Fair: The Frankfurt Book Fair will be limited to 20,000 fairgoers at any one time to ensure safety, said book fair director Juergen Boos. Meanwhile, German publishing giants Random House, Holtzbrinck, and Bonnier have announced that they won't exhibit, but will take part in some events.
- Heartland Fall Forum's 2020 Show Is Postponed: Heartland Fall Forum, the joint trade show co-hosted by the Midwest Independent Booksellers and Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Associations has been postponed this fall, though there will be virtual events.
- Chicagoland Loses a Bookstore: Anderson's Bookshops is closing its LaGrange location permanently.
- Innovation is Saving Bookstores: Ann Patchett tells 'Axios' that bookstores are innovating to stay connected with readers.
- Indigo Is Rolling Out Reopenings: The Canadian bookstore chain is beginning to reopen across Canada as provinces allow.
- Two Indie Booksellers Associations Join Forces for Fall Conference: In lieu of in-person gatherings, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association will host a combined virtual conference from September 21-25.
- Sweden's Göteborg Book Fair Goes Virtual: The Göteborg Book Fair, scheduled for September 24–27, is going virtual and will stream 200 events from Sweden and South Africa, the guest of honor.
- Sidewalk Bookseller Dies of Covid-19: The 'New York Times' memorializes a booksellers who sold on the street outside Columbia University.
- Memphis Bookstore Reopens with Rules: Novel in Memphis is reopening to browsers, with rule, including a 45-minute limit for visitors.
- Bilingual Arizona Store is Raising Cash: Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix is raising $10,000 on GoFundMe.
- Frankfurt Book Fair Will Take Place, Organizers Vow: The German state of Hessen gave the Frankfurt Book Fair permission to go ahead. The fair, scheduled for October 14-18, will be significantly smaller to maintain social distancing. Many events are moving online.
- Italy Reports Huge Decline in Book Sales: The Italian publishing industry sold eight million fewer books in the first four months of 2020 than 2019, and bookstores ceded ground to online bookstores. Publishers hope promotions will help them rebound.
- Detroit Bookstores Discuss Reopening: John King Books is open to a small number of browsers, while Pages Bookshop remains closed.
- Virginia Stores Survives Loss: The owner of Books and Other Found Things in Leesburg talks about running the store solo after the death of his partner.
- Virginia Store Gives Kids Free Books: With libraries closed, Book No Further in Roanoke is giving 400 free books to K-12 public school students.
- Washington State Store Is Thriving: Sales at King's Books in Tacoma are booming as locals seek out distraction from the pandemic.
- Commission Reps See Challenges Ahead—As Well As Opportunities: As stores slowly reopen, commission reps see a host of issues they will need to navigate to have a successful second half of 2020.
- New Zealand's Book Sales Boom: New Zealand is seeing a huge surge in books sales as fears of the pandemic taper off.
- Irish Indies Are Mostly Smiling: Bookstores in Ireland have managed to survive so far through the coronavirus crisis.
- U.K. Bookstores Prep for June Reopening: The Booksellers Association in the U.K. is asking for publisher support prior to reopening on June 15.
- Massachusetts Store Gets an Update: An Unlikely Story in Plainville is using the period of lockdown to refurbish some of the store.
- Ireland's Eason to Lose 150 Workers: As the bookstore chain reopens across Ireland, Eason says it will have to cut 150 jobs.
- DPI Moves Online: In response to Covid-19 and current circumstances, the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute will move its summer program online for the 2020 session.
- As Canadian Bookstores Reopen, Challenges Await: Indigo has reopened less than 10% of its bookstores across Canada and will close 17 outlets permanently this summer. In Winnipeg, McNally Robinson says customers are returning, but sales are still down 60% from last year.
- In Support of Indie Bookstores, Dozens of Illustrators Send Art: More than 50 of the nation’s leading illustrators have joined together, sending packages of art for free to independent bookstores, which the stores are then giving away to customers who place online orders.
- Massachusetts Owner Won't Reopen Yet: The owner of the Book Shop of Beverly Farms, in Beverly Farms, explains why she doesn't want to reopen.
- Washington State Loses a Bookstore: The Bookworm in Kennewick is closing after 46 years in business.
- U.K. Booksellers Say Amazon Is Favored: The U.K. government is telling booksellers to wait before fully reopening, possibly giving Amazon an unfair advantage.
- SFF Store Says Its Customers Are Smarter: Bakka-Phoenix bookstore in Toronto remains closed because it says sci-fi readers understand pandemics better than others.
- Seattle Booksellers Adapt to Pandemic: Seattle booksellers and librarians reveal how they have adapted to the coronavirus and what they are reading.
- ABA Children's Institute Goes Virtual: The American Booksellers Association has scheduled a virtual edition of its annual Children's Institute for July 15-16.
- Chicago Authors Video Fundraiser for Indie Relief: A group of Chicago authors are raising funds for indie bookseller relief by posting videos of their workspaces and asking viewers to donate.
- L.A. Store Raises Cash for Needy Kids: Skylight Books' IndieGoGo campaign aims to raise $20,000 to get books to children in need.
- Locals Rally Around Seattle Indies: Under the shadow of Amazon, Seattle indie booksellers are winning customers amid the pandemic.
- Bloomsbury Hoping Digital Gains Will Soften Covid-19 Impacts: Bloomsbury Publishing reported a 10% profit increase in the fiscal year ended February 29, 2020, over fiscal 2019. The publisher said its business in the current fiscal year has suffered "significant disruption" because of the coronavirus pandemic, but said it is "well placed to benefit from increased demand for our digital resources, audio, and e-books.”
- France's Publishers Expect Big Revenue Declines: A survey found one in four French publishers said they expected to lose between 20% and 40% of revenue this year, with a quarter expecting to lose more than 40%.
- Macmillan Launches Indie Bookstore Assistance Program: Macmillan Publishers will issue promotional terms intended to help independent bookstores recover from what it calls "the significant and calamitous impacts of Covid-19 on the channel."
- James and the Giant Peach Reading Raises Funds for Global Health Initiative: Roald Dahl's children's classic James and the Giant Peach is heading from the page to the screen in support of a major global health initiative's work to combat the new coronavirus. The Roald Dahl Story Company has tapped Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi to create a 10-episode YouTube reading of the book featuring dozens of actors, musicians, and designers, from Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Lupita Nyong'o, to Ryan Reynolds and Nick Kroll.
- Bookselling in the Time of Coronavirus: A podcast from 'Newsday' looks at how the pandemic is affecting booksellers.
- U.K. Booksellers Need More Resilience: Booksellers in the U.K. need to embrace technology and prepare for a possible second wave of infections.
- Publisher Sales Fell 8.4% in March: Industry sales fell 8.4% in March compared to a year ago at publishers that report to AAP's StatShot program. Sales in the trade segments has small increases in the month, but sales in all other categories declined.
- Los Angeles Stores Say It's Weird Now: Now Serving, Golden Apple Comics, and Book Alley discuss the challenges and awkwardness of reopening.
- Waterstones to Quarantine Books: Just as with B&N in the U.S., Waterstones will quarantine books browsed by customers for 72 hours to ensure safety.
- New Hampshire Loses a Bookstore: The Book Outlet in North Hampton has closed permanently.
- Waterstones Supports Booksellers Health: Waterstones in the U.K. is offering online fitness and mental health services to its booksellers.
- San Francisco Stores Are Optimistic: Some booksellers in the city say early signs for the survival of stores are positive.
- Boston's Black-Owned Bookstore Survives: A GoFundMe campaign has saved Frugal Bookstore, Boston's only black-owned bookstore, from closing.
- In Pandemic, Dystopian Fiction Loses Its Luster for Editors: The renewed interest in dystopian tales following the election of Donald Trump seems to be dying down as, with the globe seized by a pandemic and millions of Americans hunkered down because of shelter-at-home orders, editors say they are interested in lighter fare—mostly.
- HBG Launches Indie Bookstore Assistance Program: Hachette Book Group is launching a new program to assist in the reopening of independent bookstores. The program is intended to help stores recover from the impact of Covid-19 on their businesses, as well as to aid them in reopening.
- YA Authors Move Online: Debut and veteran novelists dive into the world of digital events amid the pandemic.
- Photo Essay: Bookstores Are Opening, Cautiously, Across the Country: After two months of nationwide lockdowns due to Covid-19, many bookstores are slowly and cautiously reopening as states loosen restrictions.
- Publishers Snap Up Coronavirus Titles: Authors are racing to produce timely accounts of the outbreak, with works that range from reported narratives to spiritual guides, and publishers are in the market for them, the New York Times reports.
- U.K. Authors Tour to Support Stores: Pan Macmillan authors are doing a 10-day virtual tour to support independent bookstores.
- The Pandemic Can't Kill Book Browsing: A column in 'Bloomberg Businessweek' argues that bookstore browsing cannot become a coronavirus casualty.
- Canadian Bookstores to Reopen: Bookstores are allowed to reopen in Canada today and shoppers are delighted.
- Chicago Store Gets Author Dance Tribute: Rebecca Makkai convinced 27 authors to recreate the dance from 'The Breakfast Club' after a fundraiser for Volumes Bookcafe.
- Bookstore Sales Plunged 33.4% in March: With many stores closing in March, bookstore sales tumbled 33.4% in the month compared to March 2019, according to preliminary estimates reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.
- BMI Confab Looks at Printing During the Pandemic: Analysts at the Book Manufacturer Institute’s Spring Management Conference were optimistic about the recovery of the printing sector and the overall economy despite the severe impact of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
- Indies Plan Digital Celebrations for New Hunger Games Book: The long-awaited prequel to the Hunger Game series will hit bookstores next Tuesday, but readers across the country will not be able to go inside those stores to celebrate the release. We spoke with three indie bookstores that are offering promotions and events during a challenging time.
- German Bookstores Rebound After Reopening: Since stores began reopening on April 20, German bookstores are back to 80% to 85% of comparable sales from the same period last year.
- A Virtual Bologna: One Agent's Experience: Marietta B. Zacker of the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency shares her reflections on connecting with clients during the pandemic through the Bologna Children's Book Fair's virtual event.
- SIBA Moves Fall Conference Online: The Southern Independent Bookstore Alliance has canceled its fall regional show in New Orleans and is moving the event online.
- U.K. Bookstore Chains Plan Reopening: Waterstones and Blackwell's say they hope they will be able to reopen stores in June.
- Religion Publishers Crash Covid-19 Titles: Religion publishers are racing to respond to the global Covid-19 pandemic with titles aimed at encouraging and comforting readers.
- PRH Continues Digital Consumer Outreach with #BooksConnectUs Campaign: Penguin Random House's efforts to to pivot to a new, digital normal are some of the broadest in the publishing business thus far, and its #BooksConnectUs initiative, which will turn two months old on May 20, is its connective tissue.
- With a Booming April, EDC Repays PPP Loan: With sales increasing 160% last month over April 2019 in its direct sales division, Educational Development Corp. has repaid a $1.4 million loan it received under the Payroll Protection Program.
- ABA to Host Virtual Town Hall on June 11: The American Booksellers Association will hold a virtual version of its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.
- HarperVia Acquires Coronavirus Book by Chinese Writer: The international imprint of HarperCollins will publish 'Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City' by Chinese author Fang Fang this week in a digital edition.
- Literati's Public Typewriter Now Virtual: Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Mich., has made a virtual version of its famous in-store typewriter.
- W.H. Smith Sales Plunged in April: Sales at W.H. Smith fell by 85% in April compared to last year, while online orders rose 400%.
- Texas Loses a Bookstore: The Blind Pig Bookstore in Paris, which opened last year, is closing permanently.
- B&N Slowly Reopening Stores to Customers: By the end of the week, Barnes & Noble will have 51 bookstores open for in-store shopping. In addition, 500 stores are now offering curbside pickup.
- Booksellers Look to Curbsides and Online Sales, Not In-Store Customers: As states establish reopening timelines and Covid-19 infection rates continue to rise in various parts of the country, bookstores are not reopening in any conventional sense—nor do many owners intend to.
- Canadian Publisher Survey Finds Stress, Burnout: Canadian trade magazine Quill & Quire conducted its first workplace survey and found many publishing employees felt financial hardship and more than 75% had experienced workplace burnout.
- Deep Vellum Launches Emergency Fund for Texas Literary Artists: The Dallas, Tex.–based publisher has launched a new fund dedicated to aiding Texas literary artists facing "dire financial insecurity."
- France's Stores Fight to Survive: Bookstores in France are suffering due to the coronavirus lockdown.
- What Bookstores Confront In Reopening: The 'New York Times' considers the challenges bookstores face in reopening.
- How Minnesota Stores Are Coping: The 'Star Tribune' looks at how several Minnesota stores are coping with the coronavirus crisis.
- Massachusetts Loses a Bookstore: Annie's Book Stop in Plainville is closing permanently.
- Scottish Bookselling Under Quarantine: The owner of Lighthouse in Edinburgh offers a short diary of life during lockdown.
- Booksellers Must Embrace Tech: An editorial in 'The Bookseller' argues that technology is what can save independent bookselling.
- New York City Store Fights for Survival: Word Up in Washington Heights has raised $8,000 of its $75,000 goal on GoFundMe.
- Ingenuity Will Save Indie Bookstores: A column at the Washington Post considers the many ways bookstores are trying to save themselves.
- PRH Ups Digital Efforts in the Covid Era: Publishers are facing a new normal when it comes to their events businesses: digital or bust. At Penguin Random House, the efforts to pivot are manifold.
- For Publishers, It's Still the Calm Before the Storm: Four publicly held publishers posted decent first quarters, but are bracing for a tough year in which sales are unlikely to hold.
- ABAA Launches Virtual Book Fair: From June 4-7, 2020, the The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America will hold its first virtual book fair.
- Two B&N Warehouse Workers Die: Two Barnes & Noble warehouse workers in New Jersey have died from Covid-19.
- Black Bookstores Battle Covid-19: Several bookstores focused on the African-American community are fighting for survival.
- Latinx Bookstore in Carolina Carries On: Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews in Chapel Hill opened last year and vows to survive the pandemic.
- U.K. BA Asks for Clear Rules to Reopen: The Booksellers Association is asking the government in the U.K. to clarify reopening rules.
- How Booksellers Can Plan for an Uncertain Future: A bookstore owner weighs how to bring back store gatherings after Covid-19.
- Photo Essay: Midwest Booksellers Adapt to the Age of Covid-19: As the Covid-19 pandemic enters its second month, these images capture booksellers continuing to adapt to a shifting retailing landscape. Some states are relaxing restrictions on business, others remain locked down.
- B&N Exits Chicago Suburb: Barnes & Noble has permanently closed its store in Evanston.
- Alaskan Store Shutters Until 2021: Black Birch Books in Wasilla is closing, and will not reopen until the start of next year.
- Japanese Chain Expands in UAE: Kinokuniya has opened a new store in Abu Dhabi.
- Irish Bookstores to Reopen in June: Ireland's bookstores will be allowed to reopen next month.
- BookExpo and BookCon Go Virtual This Month: Reedpop has announced two new virtual events taking place this month: BookExpo Online, to be held May 26–29, and BookConline, to be held May 30 and 31. Both will take place on Facebook and be free and open to the public.
- #SaveIndieBookstores Raised $1,239,595: The #SaveIndieBookstores fundraiser launched April 2 has ended. It raised $1,239,595, which will be distributed by the Binc Foundation.
- NEIBA Takes Fall Regional Online: The New England Independent Booksellers Association has moved its annual fall regional conference online. It will take place September 23 and 24
- Most BAM Stores Are Now Open: Books-A-Million CEO Terrance G. Finley said most BAM stores are now open for in-store visits in addition to offering curbside-pickup.
- Lookout Books Partners With Indies to Provide Virtual Backgrounds: Lookout Books, a teaching press housed at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, is partnering with indies to provide students and others with virtual bookstore backgrounds to maintain confidentiality during video calls.
- PEN World Voices Goes Digital: PEN America will hold a digital version of its 2020 PEN World Voices Festival beginning today.
- Frankfurt's Boos Promises a Reinvented Book Fair: The director of the Frankfurt Book Fair said the event will happen, but with significant changes, including moving some events online, isolating the trade show from the consumer show, and reworking the LitAg.
- Some California Bookstores Prepare To Reopen: As part of "Phase 2" of California's four-step plan to restart its economy, bookstores can reopen on May 8 as long as they follow the state’s guidelines to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Stores will be able to offer curbside pickup and home delivery. Kepler's is beginning the process be designing a health shopping environment for its staff and community.
- NYC's Housing Works Lays Off 200: The nonprofit, which operates 15 book and thrift stores in New York City, laid off nearly 200 bookstore staffers last week. The company's staff has been unionizing.
- Two Italian Stores Cope with Reopening: NPR spoke with representatives from two bookstores in Italy that are facing new challenges as the country reopens businesses.
- Kentucky Store Closes for Good: Joseph-Beth Booksellers has permanently closed its store in Crestview Hills.
- Australian Chain Gets a New Boss: Dymocks bookstore chain in Australia has a new managing director.
- U.K. Guide to Reopening Bookstores: The Booksellers Association in the U.K. and Ireland has released guidelines for social distancing and more.
- 'Alone Together' Anthology to Support Bookstores: The anthology of essays, poems, and interviews edited by journalist and author Jennifer Haupt, will be published by Central Avenue Publishing on July 28. Net profits will go to the Binc Foundation.
- Turmoil Among Amazon Brass Over Firings: A v-p at the company has resigned and strongly criticized it for firing protesting workers.
- South Africa Eases Store Restrictions: Under a loosening of lock-down orders, South Africa is allowing the sale of 'educational' books by stores.
- Canadian Bookstore Reaches Milestone: The City & The City Books in Hamilton, Ontario is celebrating one year in business.
- Portugal to Begin Reopening Stores: Bookstores are among the retailers that will begin to reopen in Portugal.
- NYC Covid Care Network: A volunteer network of support for essential workers and their families is providing free sessions with mental, emotional, or spiritual care professionals to the uninsured.
- Booksellers Face Difficult Decisions When Reopening Stores: As states relax their provisions to cope with the spread of Covid-19, bookstores will begin to reopen—and the logistical and practical issues bookstores will face as they prepare to do so are numerous.
- Virtual Author Events Are the Next Big Thing: Booksellers are finding that the format is drawing big audiences—albeit with varying degrees of sales success.
- Which States Are Reopening and Which Are Still Shut Down: The New York Times has built a map to show the status of states across the country.
- Coronavirus Lockdown Hastens U.K. E-book VAT Exemption: The price of e-books in online stores is being cut immediately after the British government brought forward plans to scrap VAT on online publications.
- Lawmakers Demand Jeff Bezos Testify in Congress: House lawmakers said they could subpoena CEO to testify in and antitrust investigation if he doesn’t appear voluntarily.
- Bronx Book Festival Goes Virtual: The third annual Bronx Book Festival will take place virtually on June 6.
- Canada's Oldest Indie Needs Cash: People's Co-op Bookstore in Vancouver is raising $75,000 on GoFundMe to stay open.
- U.K. BA Delays Conference to November: The Booksellers Association in the U.K. has delayed its annual conference to November.
- Texas Writers Month Held Digitally: The annual celebration, held throughout the month of may in the Lone Star State, has launched online.
- SPJ Gives Back: The Society of Professional Journalists is raising money for journalists who have been furloughed our laid off due to the pandemic.
- Hemingway Look-Alike Contest Canceled: The coronavirus pandemic has forced the cancellation of the 40th annual contest in Key West.
- In Q1, Sales Rose 26% at Amazon as It Works to Improve Shipping Times: Sales increased to $75.5 billion in the second quarter at Amazon, even as it acknowledged that the surge in demand forced it to prioritize essential items such as household staples and "dampened demand" for non-essential products.
- A World Without Bookstores: An editorial says the pandemic gives a preview of a dystopian future without bookstores.
- Dallas Bookstore Discusses Reopening: Kyle Hall of Interabang Books in Dallas discussed the challenge of reopening on NPR.
- Idaho Store Says Business Has Changed: The owner of Well-Read Moose in Coeur d'Alene believes bookselling will never be the same.
- Coronavirus Puts Abrupt End to Good Start for Lagardère Publishing: In the first two months of 2020, sales in Lagardère's worldwide publishing group were up 5.3% over the comparable period in 2019, but fell 19% in March. For April, Lagardère said it expects global publishing sales to be down 45% from April 2019. Sales at Hachette Book Group rose 6.8% in the quarter.
- Print Unit Sales Rose 10.1% Last Week: Unit sales of print books rose 10.1% last week compared to the week ended April 18 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Gains in the adult categories offset a quiet week for sales in the juvenile segments.
- Left-Wing Indie Publishers Form Coalition: The Radical Publishers Alliance is an international group of left-wing independent publishers who have joined together with the goal of supporting each other during the coronavirus pandemic. A month-long book fair supported by the group is set to run through May.
- B&N Workers Want Warehouse Shuttered: Barnes & Noble workers say a New Jersey warehouse is unsafe. Now they want the governor to shut it down.
- SIBA to Host Webinar on Future of Indies: The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is offering a free webinar on the future of indie bookstores on May 6.
- Some Suffering French Stores to Reopen: France will allow some bookstores to reopen on May 11 after a 94% slump in sales.
- Swiss Bookseller on Weathering Crisis: Books Books Books, the English Bookshop in Lausanne, describes working through the pandemic.
- How Dallas Stores Cope with Reopening: A variety of stores in the Texas city share their strategies.
- IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Go Online: The awards will be held digitally from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET May 5–8.
- Literary Arts Launches Emergency Fund for Writers: Literary Arts has allocated a significant amount from its Brian Booth Writers’ Fund to create the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, designed to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets, and playwrights.
- Petition Asking Poetry Foundation for Millions Gains Support: A Change.org petition which has garnered nearly 1,500 signatures asking the Poetry Foundation to dip into its deep pockets to support poets and independent publishers who are struggling economically because of the pandemic.
- U.K. Booksellers Call for Government Help: With sales of some bookstores down by as much as 80% since the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak, the U.K. Booksellers Association has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer outlining steps the government can play to support the industry.
- Kansas City Stores Fight for Survival: After surviving Amazon, these Missouri bookstores are struggling to make it through the next few months.
- Montreal Store Closes After 35 Years: Librairie Olivieri was done in by a combination of the coronavirus crisis and construction woes.
- Academy of American Poets Takes Annual Spring Event Online: "Shelter in Poems," a virtual reading of uplifting poems, will be free to the public but also serve as a fundraiser to support the organization's free publications and programs, including its K–12 education program.
- Two Used Book Chains Plan to Return to Work: Gottwals Books re-opened two stores in Georgia yesterday and Half-Price Books is planning to re-open some stores this weekend. In both instances, re-opening is demanding difficult discussions with employees.
- MIBA Cancels Spring Forum, GLIBA Donates to #SaveIndieBookstores: The Midwest Indie Booksellers Association has officially canceled its spring forum road trip to Bayfield, Wisc. on June 1-2., while the Great Lakes Indie Booksellers Association donates $5,000 to #SaveIndieBookstores.
- Coloring and Crosswords Books for Adults Get Boost: Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, adults have been on the hunt for activities both to while away the hours and to reduce anxiety and stress. As a result, puzzle books, coloring books, and even joke books for adults have seen strong sales over the past seven weeks.
- How to Support Your Favorite Indie: Frommer's offers a round-up of 25 indie bookstores and how to support them.
- New Zealand Restarts Curbside Pickup: Stores across the island nation are restarting contactless bookselling.
- Ireland Reduces Books Postal Rate: Ireland's postal services is offering a reduced rate for shipping books to promote reading during quarantine.
- Some Chicago Stores to Consider: The 'Chicago Reader' offers a list of stores to shop at online during the pandemic.
- The Pandemic Is Changing Book-Buying Patterns: The Covid-19 outbreak is altering what books consumers buy and where they buy them.
- As Bookshop Booms, Questions Arise: The independent bookstore e-commerce site Bookshop.org has seen a 2,000% increase in sales in the last month and has become a lifeline for many stores that have been temporarily closed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet despite its apparent success, the site has skeptics.
- CCNY’s Publishing Certificate Program Faces the Pandemic: The Publishing Certificate Program at the City College of New York has recently found its graduates facing the same problem as everyone else in the book business: dwindling job prospects in an industry reeling from the impact of Covid-19.
- ALA Announces Virtual Option for Canceled Annual Conference: The event, dubbed ALA Virtual—Community Through Connection, will offer "educational programming, special author events, and social networking" and is set to run from June 24-26, 2020.
- U.K. BA Criticizes Charity Donation: The Booksellers Association called Amazon's £250,000 donation to a booksellers hardship fund "ill-judged."
- Artists Offers Support for Comic Stores: Canadian book artists are supporting comic stores during the pandemic by offering art for auction.
- How U.K. Stores in the North Are Coping: Several bookstores in the north of England discuss how they are coping with the pandemic.
- Indies Are Finding Ways to Sell Books: 'Wired' magazine talks to several booksellers about how they are bolstering sales during the pandemic.
- Artist Relief Reports First Round of Emergency Grants, Survey Results: More than 55,000 applicants applied to Artist Relief to receive the first round of 200, $5,000 emergency relief grants for artists in need due to the pandemic.
- Publishing Organizations Urge Public to Support Bookstores: In a joint statement released to mark World Book Day, leaders of three organizations serving the publishing industry issued a cry to support the country’s booksellers as they fight to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.
- MacKids Streaming Schoolhouse to Offer Author-Led Classes: Schools nationwide have struggled with the challenge of how best to open for online instruction, but for students who have internet access, Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is offering four days of instruction from a unique set of teachers. From April 27–30, MacKids Streaming Schoolhouse will provide classes for middle graders taught by children's authors.
- Riordan to Match Donations to #SaveIndieBookstores: Rick and Becky Riordan have announced a personal matching gift challenge for the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign, in which they will match each dollar raised up to $100,000.
- #SaveIndieBookstores Raises $760,000: The #SaveIndieBookstores campaign has so far raised $758,302 in donations from more than 350 contributors.
- California Indie Finds a New Home: Bay Books in Coronado has reopened after a year of uncertainty. It is now offering pickup and delivery services.
- Amazon Supports U.K. Booksellers: Amazon has been revealed as the £250k donor to a U.K. bookseller coronavirus fund.
- Unbound Book Festival Canceled: The Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Mo., will run a digital festival this year, beginning tonight.
- Public Libraries After the Pandemic: The value of public libraries is rarely questioned in times of crisis—think of the New Orleans Public Library after Hurricane Katrina, or the Ferguson Municipal Public Library during the unrest there. But this crisis is different, Sari Feldman writes.
- South Carolina Bookstore Shares Story of Re-opening: Fiction Addiction in Greenville, S.C., has re-opened after the state government gave permission; shoppers are limited to four at a time. "My concern was less for my own health, than the health of the store," said owner Jill Hendrix.
- Amazon Warehouse Workers Walk Off Job: 300 Amazon warehouse employees refuse to work amid coronavirus-safety worries, reports the New York Post.
- Sant Jordi Online Literary Festival Goes Digital: The free festival, running from April 23-25, decided to move its programming online when COVID-19 shut down New York City.
- Whiting Hosts Educational Zoom for Writers: A Whiting Foundation webinar will explore the various kinds of aid available to freelancers and self-employed writers, and will be led by financial advisor and artist Amy Smith and Luiza Teixeira-Vesey, who maintains NYFA's list of emergency grants.
- Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND: Over the weekend of May 1–3, the festival will launch a series of live and recorded virtual author programs on the Festival’s YouTube channel.
- Indie Publishers, Booksellers Waiting for CARES Act Relief: As small businesses around the country await funds from the landmark Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, indie publishers and booksellers are having mixed experiences trying to secure this financial lifeline.
- Publishers and Literary Organizations Seek Donations to Survive: Cinco Puntos Press launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $250,000, as did Small Press Distribution, which is seeking $100,000. Lambda Literary, the LGBTQ-focused group, is asking for $175,000 to survive.
- EDC Gets Paycheck Protection Loan: Educational Development Corporation announced it received a $1.44 million loan under the Paycheck Protection Program. The company has seen a drop in sales in its publishing division, although business in its direct-to-consumer group has increased.
- Virus Crisis Causes U.K. Authors to Lose Cash: A recent survey by the Society of Authors in the U.K. found more than 85% of its members could not benefit from government support and more than half were likely to lose significant income.
- Melville House Crashes Book on Covid-19 and Mental Health: Melville House Publishing has crash published the e-book 'Coping with Coronavirus: How to Stay Calm and Protect Your Mental Health' by psychiatrist Brendan Kelly.
- SIBA Offers Bookstores Best Practices for Employee Safety: The Southern Independent Booksellers association has created a set of rules for the employees of bookstores to help keep them safe from exposure to Covid-19.
- Letter from the Editor: The Book Biz Is In This Together: Book publishing has long been a collaborative business, and that aspect of the industry is now more important than ever, writes editorial director Jim Milliot.
- Rallying Around #BooksAreEssential: Are books essential items? Many in the industry, including 'PW,' think that the role they play in the well-being of American culture makes it clear that they are. These industry figures agreed.
- As the Pandemic Rages, Reedpop Looks Toward 2021
The coronavirus raised too many hurdles to make BookExpo viable this year, organizers say. Now the company is looking for ways to fill the void, and toward a new year.
- Michelle Obama Announces Storytimes with PRH and PBS Kids: In an effort to spread cheer and promote literacy among families that are sheltering in place during the pandemic, Michelle Obama is teaming up with Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS Kids to launch a weekly read-aloud series.
- Abrams, McEvoy Group Raise $200,000 for Binc: Abrams Books and the McEvoy Group raised $200,000 for the the Book Industry Charitable Foundation through their social media hashtag campaign #HelpABookseller.
- Indie Publishers, Booksellers Waiting for CARES Act Relief: As small businesses around the country await funds from the landmark Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, indie publishers and booksellers are having mixed experiences trying to secure this financial lifeline.
- Indie Presses Band Together to Present Fall Lists: More than a dozen indie presses are presenting their fall lists digitally to booksellers on April 22.
- As Amazon Rises, So Does the Opposition: Stacy Mitchell knew that taking on a trillion-dollar company would be a lopsided fight. But the pandemic has not only made Amazon more essential. It has also made it vulnerable. The New York Times reports.
- Tennessee Store Adds Produce: Southland Books in Maryville has opened a farmer's market to help residents cope with the pandemic.
- Chinese Stores Work with Alibaba: Some 30 Shanghai bookstores are collaborating with Alibaba to help boost local sales.
- Iran Reopens Bookstores: Bookstores in Iran reopened on Sunday after being closed for nearly two months.
- Minneapolis Store to Reopen: Nonprofit bookstore Boneshaker Books has raised more than $20,000 on GoFundMe and will reopen.
- Authors Guild Finds Writers Are Losing Significant Income: A survey by the Author's Guild of its members found a majority of authors had already lost significant income due to the ongoing pandemic, led by lost fees from appearances and writing opportunities.
- With School Closures, Book Fairs Go Online: School book fairs are an essential source of revenue for indie bookstores, distributors, and large publishers alike. With near-total nationwide school closures, the fallout for book fairs has been abrupt, but has also led to creative workarounds as companies re-envision what a fair can be.
- PEN Demands Access to E-Readers at Prisons During Outbreak: In a new letter, PEN America and a coalition of organizations demand that companies waive access fees for content.
- Bookstores in Argentina Deliver: Argentine bookstores are taking online orders and are now allowed to deliver books.
- U.K. Amazon Faces Shortages: The company has removed buy buttons on some bestsellers due to a lack of inventory.
- Bookstore Offers to Sell Zoom Backdrops: The Brattle Book Shop in Boston is curating book-themed Zoom backgrounds. The price is a buck a book.
- Bags of Mystery Books Prove Popular: Indie booksellers promote purchases of mystery bags of books for locked-in readers.
- Tweet Gives Kentucky Store Sales Spike: A Karen Kingsbury tweet prompted $50,000 in sales for Landmark Booksellers in Franklin.
- Bouchercon 2020 Canceled: This year's events have been canceled as a result of the pandemic.
- Amazon to Create Own Covid-19 Testing Apparatus: CEO Jeff Bezos has announced the move in his annual letter to shareholders.
- Bezos Gets $24 Billion Richer During Pandemic : Amazon's stock climbed 5.3% on Tuesday, lifting its founder’s net worth to $138.5 billion.
- First Covid-19 Death at Amazon Warehouse: An Amazon warehouse worker has died of coronavirus, reports the New York Daily News, and the company has fired three more employees who have protested its response to the outbreak.
- Amazon France Halts Book Deliveries: Amazon France has temporarily suspended non-essential deliveries in France over health concerns at warehouses.
- Entertainment Mag on Help for Stores: Entertainment Weekly rounded up some efforts to help bookstores through the coronavirus crisis.
- Germany to Reopen Bookstores: Bookstores in Germany will be allowed to reopen next week, on April 20.
- Amazon France Halts Book Deliveries: Amazon France has temporarily suspended non-essential deliveries in France over health concerns at warehouses.
- How Stores Can Prep to Re-open: A bookseller in the U.K. uses the story of Apollo 13 to illustrate the challenges of booksellers re-opening.
- Independent Bookstore Day to Host Virtual Party: Independent Bookstore Day has been rescheduled for August 29 from its original date next week. In lieu of postponing the event entirely, organizers are hosting what they call a virtual party, and are working with stores on promotions to run all next week.
- We Need Diverse Books Launches Emergency Fund: We Need Diverse Books has announced that it is establishing the Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children's Publishing. The fund aims to provide financial aid to diverse authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who have lost income due to the current crisis.
- Sendak Foundation and NYFA Set Up Relief Fund for Picture Book Creators: The Maurice Sendak Emergency Relief Fund, a joint project of the Maurice Sendak Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, will distribute grants to picture book authors and illustrators who are experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak.
- L.A. Times Book Prizes Head to Twitter: The 40th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes will be awarded on the Times' Books Twitter feed this Friday, April 17, at 8:00 a.m. PT.
- Aspen Goes Digital: The Aspen Words Literary Prize will announce its winner the afternoon of March 16 via online video conference following a day of broadcasting free virtual events beginning at 7:30 a.m.
- Italians Balk at Reopening Bookstores: Numerous Italian bookstores have refused to reopen, claiming the risk remains too high from the ongoing pandemic.
- Australians Get New Bookstore Promo: The Australian Booksellers Association has launched the Love Your Bookshop promotion to encourage customers to shop at local stores.
- Georgia Bookstore to Change Hands: The Book Worm in Powder Springs is likely to be sold to a new owner, a move that has been delayed by the pandemic.
- Chinese Bookstore in Atlanta Struggles: Maomi Bookstore, the only Chinese-language bookstore in the Southeast U.S., is fighting for survival.
- BookExpo, BookCon 2020 Events Canceled: After initially postponing this year's BookExpo and BookCon from their original May 27-31 dates to July 22-26, Reedpop has canceled both events.
- Internet Archive Responds to Senator’s Concern Over National Emergency Library: Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle told U.S. Senator Thom Tillis that the National Emergency Library is meant to provide digital access to students and readers who cannot access print collections during the Covid-19 crisis.
- Fundraiser Buys City Lights Time to Plan: San Francisco's City Lights Bookstore raised nearly half a million dollars on GoFundMe. The money was necessary to cover short term costs and buy time to form a viable strategic and succession plan for the future.
- Midwestern Booksellers Step Up Virtual Get-Togethers: The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and Midwest Independent Booksellers Association are both stepping up efforts to keep members in their far-flung regions connected with weekly Zoom conference calls.
- Virtual Book Fairs Debut In U.K. and UAE: In response to the pandemic, literary organizations in the U.K and the United Arab Emirates are launching virtual book festivals.
- Indigo Rehires More than 500 Managers: A Canadian governmental support program has enabled Indigo Books and Music to rehire 545 managers and salaried staff. The company had laid off 5,200 people last month after closing its 199 stores due to the pandemic.
- Poets & Writers Creates Covid-19 Relief Fund: The Poets & Writers Covid-19 Relief Fund has been established in order to provide emergency assistance to writers having difficulty meeting their basic needs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Libro.fm Announces Bookstore Hires: Libro.fm has announced the 11 booksellers it has hired for a month-long special project.
- Minnesota Stores Go Virtual: Bookstores across Minnesota are coping with being shut down by moving sales and events online.
- Italy Lets Bookstores Reopen: Bookstores across Italy may reopen, but some are hesitant to do so amid the pandemic.
- Indie Bookstores Report Problems with GoFundMe Disbursements: Several indie bookstores that launched GoFundMe campaigns in March are reporting that the funds raised on that platform are not being disbursed to them as promised, despite repeated inquiries.
- Publishing's First Quarter in 2020: A Good Start, Then the Virus: Publishing sales got off to a decent start in 2020—but as the new coronavirus increased its grip on the country’s economy, sales have softened. The business outlook for the second quarter is, at best, uncertain.
- Without Stores, Book Culture Suffers: Bay Area booksellers discuss what has been lost culturally and financially due to the coronavirus shutdown.
- Lit Mag Gives U.K. Stores Free Ads: The 'Times Literary Supplement' is giving indie bookstores free advertising.
- The Pandemic Hits Antiquarian Stores: Antiquarian booksellers discuss how they too have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Yale Publishing Course Moved: The Yale Publishing Course: Leadership in Book Publishing program has been postponed until October 26–30 of this year.
- Denver Pop Culture Con Posponed: The event will be postponed from July until November 27–29 following news that news that the Colorado Convention Center will be transformed into a hospital space.
- BISG Examines Publishing Supply Chain During Covid-19: The biggest takeaway from BISG's survey on the industry supply chain is the need for all sectors of the industry to communicate and work together. "Transparency and collaboration," Andrew Savikas, president of GetAbstract and chair of BISG, said. "The more we do both, the better chance we have of coming through all of this and becoming a better industry."
- NEA Offering $75 Million to Nonprofits to Save Jobs: The National Endowment for the Arts is now taking applications for $75 million in grants to nonprofit arts organizations to combat job losses related to Covid-19. Grants are fixed at $50,000 for individual nonprofits.
- R.J. Julia Saves Staff by Giving Away $150,000 in Books: As the impact of the new coronavirus became clear for Madison, Conn., indie R.J. Julia Booksellers, owner Roxanne Coady was faced with the question of how to ensure that the store's 30 full-time employees have a paycheck and the store itself has a future. The answer was to give books away to children who need them.
- #AuthorsTakeAction, Authors Save Lives: Authors are working hard to amplify on social media new releases during the shutdown in response to the new coronavirus. Children's author Padma Venkatraman is spearheading the launch of #AuthorsTakeAction, a social media campaign designed to boost authors' books, and also slow the spread of the virus.
- London Book Fair Offers Partial Refunds: The London Book Fair has sent letters to individuals and organizations offering a 60% refund to those registered for this year's canceled fair or a 100% credit for next year.
- HALO Fund Benefits Libraries: Donations to the "Help a Library Worker Out" fund via the EveryLibrary Institute will help librarians, library staff, and library workers who need help with housing expenses, child care, groceries, or other expenses during the pandemic.
- Crowdsourced App Aims to Help Bookstores: A website and app called SaveYourBookstore.com is crowdsourcing information from across the globe to help users find local bookstores and learn about the services still being offered during the pandemic.
- City Lights at Risk of Not Reopening: San Francisco's iconic bookstore is closed, and is raising money for a future that may be in doubt.
- How a Nashville Store Is Coping: Ann Patchett writes about running Parnassus Books in the middle of the pandemic.
- L.A. Times Book Prizes Go Online: The L.A. Times Book Prizes ceremony will be virtual, and free, this year.
- Printers Row Postponed: The 2020 Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago has been postponed until September 5 and 6.
- Australians Promote Indie Bookstores: The Australian Booksellers Association is launching Love Your Bookshop Everyday, a website to promote stores.
- What New Hampshire Stores Are Selling: Readers are purchasing books with dark themes, say booksellers in New Hampshire.
- U.K. Indies Launch Virtual Events: Four bookstores across the U.K. are collaborating on virtual author events.
- Survey of Independent Bookstores Shows Coronavirus Toll: We surveyed nearly three dozen bookstores with more than a thousand years of bookselling experience between them to find out how the new coronavirus outbreak has altered the work that they do.
- B&N Copes: With most of its stores closed, B&N is using a skeleton crew to buy new titles, mainly for BN.com and rapidly refurbishing its closed outlets. It has also responded to a protest by employees at a New Jersey warehouse. CEO James Daunt noted that the company has the "steadfast" support of its owner, Elliott Advisors.
- AUPresses Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting, Plans Virtual Alternative: "The possible risks to the safety and health of our attendees, as well as the uncertain duration of current travel restrictions, have made it impossible for the in-person meeting to proceed," reads a statement from the AUpresses board of directors.
- Arts Funders Launch Artist Pandemic Relief Fund: In response to the impact of the pandemic on the arts community, a multi-disciplinary coalition of arts organizations have joined together to launch Artist Relief, a nonprofit fund that has will award $5,000 grants to individual artists facing economic need due to Covid-19.
- PRH UK Starts Furloughs: Penguin Random House UK is the latest U.K. publisher to take cost out of the business in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. The publisher is taking advantage of the furloughing scheme announced by the U.K. government in which the state will pay 80% of salary up to £30,000 a year. CEO Tom Weldon said the company will "top" the government payments to make sure employees are paid in full.
- Festival Neue Literatur Postponed: Due to COVID-19, the 2020 iteration of the festival has been postponed until further notice.
- New Zealand Booksellers Look Ahead: Booksellers in New Zealand are cautiously optimistic they can weather the coronavirus crisis.
- Dallas Bookstore Helps with Hotline: Deep Vellum Books opened a hotline for book recommendations that has become so much more.
- Amazon in U.K. Prioritizes Kids Books: Amazon in the U.K. is now prioritizing delivery of children's books and education titles.
- 2020 Pulitzer Prizes Postponed: The Pulitzer Prize Board has decided to postpone the 2020 award winners' announcement from April 20 to May 4.
- European Publishers See 25% Drop in Revenue: The Federation of European Publishers said that the publishing sector across Europe has already seen a 25% drop in anticipated revenue for 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis.
- NYPL, WNYC Launch Digital Book Club: The New York Public Library and WNYC are partnering to host a virtual book club. The first title is James McBride's Deacon King Kong.
- B&NE Furloughs College Store Employees: After closing most of its college campus stores, Barnes & Noble Education has furloughed "the majority of the [Barnes & Noble College] workforce and a select number of employees from the company’s other segments,” the company said in a memo.
- AG Guide Helps Authors Find Relief: The Authors Guild has put together a guide providing details on economic relief available to authors during the Covid-19 crisis.
- Libro.fm to Hire 10 Unemployed Booksellers: Libro.fm is hiring 10 booksellers from the ranks of those who were laid off due to the new coronavirus crisis as part of a special month-long project.
- PEN Writers' Emergency Fund Pivots to Covid-19 Relief: PEN America has re-launched the Writers’ Emergency Fund, a streamlined way of getting needed cash to published writers who face acute financial need.
- Nantucket Book Festival Goes Digital: The festival, which was to be held June 18–21 in Nantucket, Mass., will be moved online. Updates are forthcoming.
- U.K.'s W.H. Smith Makes Money Moves: W.H. Smith is raising cash by issuing new shares and is taking loans to weather the coronavirus crisis.
- How U.K. Indies are Invigorating Sales: U.K. indie booksellers have launched a variety of new promotions to entice customers and pump up sales.
- Czech Bookstores Go Digital: Czech bookstores have seen a huge leap in online sales since the start of the coronavirus crisis.
- New Releases Struggle to Find An Audience: Last week, six new adult fiction titles were among NPD BookScan's top 50 print bestsellers. Three weeks ago, 15 new releases made the top 50 list. The situation was similar for new adult nonfiction titles.
- 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.
- Mapping Canadian Indies with Delivery: Don Gorman of Rocky Mountain Books published a map showing all independent bookstores in Canada offering delivery.
- U.K. Wholesaler Gardners Reopens: Gardners in the U.K. has restarted direct-to-home fulfillment services for book orders.
- Owner Says Bookstores are Essential: The owner of Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, Mo., argues that bookstores should stay open during the pandemic.
- Macmillan Lays Off Some Staff, Temporarily Cuts Some Salaries: Macmillan Publishers has laid off an undisclosed number of employees across all divisions, temporarily reduced pay for select employees, and implemented a hiring freeze, effective today.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ABA Cancels the Children’s Institute: The American Booksellers Association announced that it will postpone Children’s Institute, an annual convention of children’s book publishers, authors and retailers, until 2021.
- Future Uncertain for America's Oldest Independent Bookstore: The Andover Bookstores, America’s oldest continuously operated independent bookstore, is turning to customers to help ensure its doors will open again when the new coronavirus passes.
- Comics vs. Coronavirus: Following Up with Comics Retailers: PW’s annual comics retailer survey was published just as the virus began to disrupt the U.S. comics and book marketplace. However, since the feature was published, the pandemic has hit the country head on, forcing many comics and book retailers to close, at least temporarily.
- GLIBA Director Larry Law's Letter On His Experience Surviving the Coronavirus: Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association executive director Larry Law opens up in a letter to members about his experience with the new coronavirus as a public service. Law is recovering in quarantine.
- ABA President Reassures Booksellers: American Booksellers Association board president Jamie Fiocco has written a letter of encouragement to her constituents.
- BMI Launches Online Forum: The Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI) has created a new public-facing website, BookManufacturers.org, to provide a forum for the book industry and update on the status of manufacturing operations.
- In U.K., Ingram Stays Open, Extra Clean: Ingram in the U.K. is performing extra cleaning of its facilities and continuing to ship books on behalf of booksellers.
- Binc Gives Out $50,000 In One Week: The Book Industry Charitable Foundation delivered $50,000 to booksellers in need last week.
- IPAF 2020 Moves Online: This year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction will be awarded online.
- 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.
- Quad Closes Book Printing Operations: The loss of printing capacity is one of the many concerns publishers are facing because of the new coronavirus outbreak—and the business was dealt an unhappy surprise last week when Quad unexpectedly closed its book printing facilities.
- Diamond Comic Halts Payments to Publishers: Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest distributor of comics in North America, announced that it will not pay publishers and other vendors this week.
- D.C. Bookstore Uses Food Delivery App for Books: Starting this week, Washington D.C.’s Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is using Postmate, an app largely used for food delivery, to get books in the hands of readers in the D.C. area.
- Gaithersburg Book Festival Goes Virtual: The City of Gaithersburg has canceled the Gaithersburg Book Festival, which was scheduled for May 16. Plans are underway to provide some of the planned programming virtually.
- Booksellers Down Under May Get Benefits: Australian booksellers may be eligible for government support if laid off due to the pandemic.
- Bertrams Closes in the U.K.: The bookstore and library fulfillment company has temporarily closed due to the pandemic.
- Salt Lake City Bookstore Is Saved: Loans and a generous landlord helped save Ken Sanders Rare Books from closure due to the new coronavirus.
- U.K. Bookstores Have Will to Survive: The Bookseller Association in the U.K. says bookstores will "roar back" after the coronavirus crisis passes.
- Bologna to Launch Virtual Fair, Rights Platform: On May 4, the Bologna Children's Book Fair is launching a series of online initiatives, including virtual events and exhibitions, and the new Bologna Children’s Book Fair Rights Exchange, an online marketplace for rights.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Diamond Can't Pay Its Vendors This Week: Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest distributor of comics in North America, has announced that they are experiencing cash flow problems and will not be paying publishers and suppliers this week.
- Waterstones Booksellers Displeased: A survey found that booksellers at Waterstones were upset with communications from management during the new coronavirus outbreak, calling it "passive aggressive."
- Chinese Bookstores Still Struggle: Foot traffic in bookstores that have reopened in China are down 80% from the previous period last year.
- Borders Book Festival 2020 Postponed: The Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival 2020 has been postponed from June until a later date.
- John Burroughs Association Awards Postponed: The association's awards luncheon, which was slated for April 6, has been postponed.
- 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.
- PubWest to Amazon: Publishing Needs Your Help: PubWest has published an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos asking him to support independent publishers by placing a moratorium on certain fees and by making books more of a priority for shipping as soon as possible.
- O’Reilly Cancels Events, Shutters In-Person Conference Business: Citing the impact of the pandemic, O’Reilly Media president Laura Baldwin announced that the publisher and technology education platform is canceling all future in-person symposiums and closing that portion of its business
- Authors League Fund Seeks Donations: The Authors League Fund has been inundated by applications for help from writers who are losing income from event cancellations, lost teaching, editing, and writing gigs, and more, and is seeking help.
- Aspen Words Literary Prize Celebration Goes Digital: On April 16, Aspen Words will host a virtual winner announcement and celebration of the $35,000 annual award for a work of fiction that illuminates vital contemporary issues.
- Dave Eggers Urges Readers to Save Stores: Author Dave Eggers entreatied readers to save indie bookstores by buying gift cards and more.
- Bookstores Across Canada Fight Crisis: Canada's indie bookstores, from Toronto to Winnipeg, are finding ways to work through the pandemic.
- Roman Bookstores React to Virus: English-language bookstores in Rome are muddling through Italy's lockdown as best they can.
- Virus Disrupts U.K. Book Deliveries: Gardners has temporarily closed its distribution center, disrupting fulfillment for Waterstones online orders.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Authors League Fund Seeks Donations: The Authors League Fund has been inundated by applications for help from writers who are losing income from event cancellations, lost teaching, editing, and writing gigs, and more, and is seeking help.
- Belgian Bookstores May Stay Open: Bookstores in Belgium will be allowed to remain open during the lockdown, but are still changing the way they do business.
- PRH U.K. CEO Vows to Help Bookstores: Tim Weldon has pledged his company's support for booksellers throughout the coronavirus crisis.
- U.K. Crowdfunds Support for Booksellers: In the U.K., publishers and others in the trade are raising £100,000 to help struggling booksellers.
- Australian Bookstore Fights for Survival: Gleebooks in Sydney is among the businesses struggling to survive through the pandemic.
- Macmillan Withdraws from BookExpo 2020: Macmillan Publishers will not exhibit at BookExpo and BookCon 2020, making the house the last of the Big Five publishers to announce their withdrawal from the annual trade show.
- Hachette Pulls Out of BookExpo and BookCon: Hachette is the latest Big Five publisher to reconsider and decline to exhibit at the postponed BookExpo and BookCon 2020.
- Bookstores Seek Essential Exemptions: Bookstores in numerous states are facing a crush of online sales, offering delivery and pickup to customers, and applying for waivers to keep doing so as public health orders grow more strict.
- Binc Steps In for Booksellers in Need: Binc, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, has emerged as one of the few reliable sources of financial support for independent booksellers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Indie Bookstore Day is Now August 29: Independent Bookstore Day has been rescheduled for August 29.
- Publishers Ask European Commission for Urgent Help: The Federation of European Publishers has made a plea to the European Commission to support the industry through the coronavirus pandemic, including guaranteed bank loans and increased grants.
- Independent Bookstore Day Rescheduled: The retail holiday has been rescheduled for August 29.
- ABA Online Sites See Record Sales: IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites saw sales increase by 1,350% on Monday, March 23, compared to that same day last year.
- Milkweed Suspends Direct Order Shipment: Due to remote work issues, Milkweed Editions is suspending the shipment of direct orders through milkweed.org until Monday, April 13.
- Advice on How to Save U.K. Indie Stores: The publisher of Scottish press Monstrous Regiment offers nine ideas for what the book biz can do to save indies now.
- Unemployed NYC Booksellers Launch Online Bookstore: More than a dozen out-of-work booksellers in New York City have launched The Bookstore at the End of the World on Bookshop.org, to "make money doing what they do best."
- As Coronavirus Spreads, Publishers Struggle with When, and How, to Move Pub Dates: With cities and towns across the country under quarantine, bookstores closing and in-person promotional events canceled, it's not a great time to be publishing a book. And the urge for many authors with titles scheduled for the coming months will likely be to request a new publication date. For publishers, though, moving titles in significant numbers will be tricky.
- Scholastic Starts Temporary Staffing Reductions: The publisher is looking to reduce labor costs by temporarily closing some distribution centers and implementing measures including a combination of furloughs, shortened work weeks, and voluntary unpaid leave.
- S&S Latest Publisher to Bow Out of BookExpo: Simon & Schuster has become the third Big Five publisher to say it will not attend this year's BookExpo and BookCon events set for New York City July 22-26.
- Diamond Halts Shipments of New Comics to Comics Shops: Diamond Comic Distributors, the largest distributor of comics in North America, announced that it will cease the delivery of weekly published comics until further notice.
- Awesome Con 2020 Moved: The pop culture convention has been postponed to Dec. 11–13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
- Anime Frontier Postponed: Crunchyroll's inaugural Anime Frontier event, initially scheduled to take place May 20–22 in Fort Worth, Texas, will now be delayed until May 14–16, 2021.
- U.K. Book Distributors Cope with Virus: Bookspeed and Baker & Taylor are closed, but Gardners remains open.
- Governments Ask If Books Are Essential: The question of whether bookstores are "essential" businesses is being debated around the world.
- Indigo CEO Argues Books are Essential: Heather Reisman says citizens need bookstores for mental and emotional support during pandemic.
- Rhode Island Store Hustling for Sales: Riff Raff in Providence is delivering 10 to 20 books a day, which may be enough to help it survive.
- Morgan Library Extends Closure: New York's Morgan Library is closed through April 30, but is offering virtual tours.
- American Library Association Cancels 2020 Annual Conference: In a stark sign that the U.S. is still in the early stages of the battle to contain the Covid-19 outbreak, the 2020 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for June 25-30 in Chicago, has been canceled for the first time since the end of World War II.
- Shipping Delays Hit Books, Other Products, at Amazon: The surge at Amazon for such items as household staples and health and medical goods has resulted in extended shipping times for other products, including books.
- HarperCollins Withdraws from BookExpo: Reedpop’s decision to move the dates of BookExpo, UnBound, and BookCon from late May to July 22-26 did not convince the country’s second largest trade publisher to attend.
- Skyhorse Lays Off Nearly Third of Staff: A rapid decrease in sales caused by the new coronavirus and the decision to delay the publication of some titles has caused Skyhorse to lay off about 30% of its staff.
- IPG, Bookazine Deemed Essential Businesses: With governors of both Illinois and New Jersey issuing shelter-in-place orders, IPG, located in Illinois, and Bookazine, based in the Garden State, said they remain open.
- AAP Launches Covid-19 Resource Center: The Association of American Publishers has established a COVID-19 central resource page to provide information about what publishers are doing to support authors, readers, researchers, educators, booksellers, and libraries during the coronavirus outbreak.
- EIBF Asks Governments to Protect Bookstores: The European and International Booksellers Federation is lobbying governments to provide financial support to bookstores that are closed.
- Australia Keeps its Bookstores Open: Bookstores are staying open in Australia amid a growing countrywide lockdown to battle the coronavirus.
- New Zealand Booksellers Prep for Virus: Booksellers NZ has released a plan to cope with the coronavirus crisis.
- EIBF Offers Advice for Crisis Coping: The European and International Booksellers Federation has launched a resource page for global booksellers.
- Beijing Offers Cash to Help Bookstores: The city is providing $14 million to support bookstores suffering from low sales due to the coronavirus crisis.
- W.H. Smith in the U.K. Closes Many Shops: W.H. Smith has closed 60% of its stores across the U.K. as the country moves close to total lockdown.
- New York State Has Gone on PAUSE: Here's what that means.
- ABA CEO Lobbies for Government Relief: American Booksellers Association head Allison Hill has signed a letter from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance advocating for small business relief.
- U.K. Chains Close 340 Stores Temporarily: Waterstones and Blackwell's are closing all of their bookstores across the U.K. due to the coronavirus.
- Irish Bookstores Add New Online Sales: Irish booksellers are seeing a boom in orders for local authors during the coronavirus crisis.
- Javits Prepares to Host Field Hospitals: Four field hospitals inside New York's Javits Convention Center could be ready as soon as next week, Gothamist reports.
- Strand, Books & Books Lay Off, Furlough Booksellers: The Strand Book Store in New York confirmed Sunday that 188 employees, the majority of the bookstore’s staff, have been let go in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. Miami's Books & Books has furloughed 80 of its own.
- AAP Launches Covid-19 Resource Center: The Association of American Publishers has established a COVID-19 central resource page to provide information about what publishers are doing to support authors, readers, researchers, educators, booksellers, and libraries during the coronavirus.
- IBPA Launches Covid-19 Resource Center: IBPA has set up a web page cataloguing resources for independent publishers, which it will update with new information daily.
- Random House Takes Its Events Online: The publisher is introducing a new virtual events series.
- NPD Cancels IDEA Conference: NPD has canceled IDEA 2020, which was scheduled for May 11–13.
- NYU Cancels Reading Series: The university holding any events at its Writers House for the remainder of the spring season.
- THREAD at Yale Program Postponed: Yale University is postponing THREAD at Yale to June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- ECPA Leadership Summit Postponed: The event, scheduled for May 5–6 in Nashville, has been postponed to September 20–22 and combined with the industry’s C-Suite Symposium in Tucson, Ariz.. For questions, contact email@example.com.
- The Terrible Ripple Effect of Canceled Book Tours: An author examines how tours canceled due to Covid-19 impact all parts of the book world.
- PEN America Reschedules Literary Gala: The 2020 PEN America Literary Gala will be held on September 15, not May 19, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
- U.K. Trade Offers Cash to Support Stores: The book trade is committing tens of thousands of pounds to charities that support booksellers and authors.
- U.K. Bookstores Closing for Virus Crisis: The coronavirus crisis has sparked a series of bookstore closures across the U.K.
- Waterstones Stores in the U.K. Stay Open: James Daunt has called for all Waterstones bookstores to stay open for the time being.
- Indies Complain of Inequality in Italy: Indie Italian booksellers complain that it is unfair that they are closed, while online booksellers thrive.
- NYPL Update on Closure: All NYPL branches and research libraries will be closed until further notice. Due dates on checked out physical materials will be extended until after it reopens. All in-person public programs and events across all locations are suspended through the end of May.
- Licensing Leadership Summit Rescheduled: The Licensing Leadership Summit, which was originally scheduled to be staged in March 2020, will now be held at Hilton New York Midtown on November 5 and 6.
- BMI Management Conference Canceled: The Book Manufacturers' Institute's 2020 Spring Management Conference has been canceled. BMI will hold a virtual meeting in its place, with details to be announced.
- Reed Hopes to Find New Dates for BookExpo: Acknowledging that Reed Exhibitions is disappointed about Penguin Random House's decision to withdraw from BookExpo and BookCon, which was set for May 27-31 at New York City's Javits Center, event manager Jenny Martin said Reed is hoping to find new dates for the event.
- Print Unit Sales Fell 10% Last Week: Unit sales of print books fell 10% for the week ended March 14 compared to the previous week, according to NPD BookScan. The juvenile nonfiction category was the only segment in which sales rose last week.
- Anime Central Canceled: Anime Central 2020 was slated for May 15–17 in Rosemont, Ill., but has been called off.
- TCAF Canceled: The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2020, scheduled for May 8, 9, and 10, has been canceled.
- Hay Festival Canceled: Wales's Hay Festival of Arts & Letters has been canceled in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Free Comic Book Day Postponed: Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Diamond Comic Distributors is postponing Free Comic Book Day 2020.
- Books-A-Million Offers Curbside Pickup: The chain is offering curbside pickup at most locations.
- Amazon Books Closes Stores: Amazon has temporarily closed its 21 retail stores dedicated to books.
- Lammys to Be Held Digitally: The Lambda Literary Awards ceremony this June in New York City will be held digitally in June in a format yet to be determined.
- Astoria Bookshop Closes to Foot Traffic: The Queens, N.Y., store is closed for browsing until further notice, will shop hours online remain 11:00 a.m. ET–7:00 p.m. for online, phone, and pick-up orders, and the store will ship via USPS Media Mail, pricing shipping at $2.00 for the first book + $0.25 for each additional book.
- Seven Stories Launches New Remote Reading Series, Book Club: Seven Stories Press has launched a new remote reading and storytime series and a remote book club, the SSP Self-Isolation Book Club.
- Petition to Close Kinokuniya Stores: A Change.org petition is asking Kinokuniya to close its stores in the U.S. and offer paid leave.
- Powell's Owner Affirms Commitment: The owner of Powell's in Portland says she is "doing everything possible to keep the store alive."
- PRH Pulls Out of BookExpo, BookCon: With the new coronavirus continuing to spread in New York City, Penguin Random House said it was withdrawing its participation from the events, which are set to take place at the end of May in New York City's Javits Center. This includes ancillary events, such as the PRH BookExpo party, which is canceled.
- Half Price Books Closes All 126 Stores Temporarily: Half Price Books became the largest U.S. bookstore chain to close its doors as a result of the pandemic. The company, which has 126 stores in 17 states, said there would be no layoffs among its 3,000 employees.
- NYC Asks to Have Javits Serve as Medical Center: New York City Hall has asked New York state for permission to use its sprawling Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s far West Side as a “potential medical surge facility.”
- More Bookstore Layoffs as Pandemic Worsens: Denver's Tattered Cover is the latest bookstore to report job losses, putting 100 employees on unpaid temporary leave.
- Authors Guild Cancels Gala: The Authors Guild has canceled its 2020 gala.
- English PEN is Moving, Canceling Events: An update from the director in London outlines all the changes to forthcoming events.
- NGC Bocas Lit Fest Moves to September: The Caribbean book festival in Trinidad and Tobago has changed its dates from May 1-3 to September 18-20.
- Hachette Livres and Editis Help French Indie Booksellers: The two largest publishing conglomerates in France are delaying titles and extending credit to France's more than 3,000 independent bookstores.
- Bookstores Are Now More Necessary: A KQED editorial laments the closing of bookstores just as people need them the most.
- U.K. B.A. Asks Publishers for Support: The Booksellers Association of the U.K. and Ireland are asking for collaboration in dealing with the coronavirus.
- U.K. Regional Bookstore Awards: Nine regional winners are vying for the overall Independent Bookshop of the Year Award in the U.K.
- Curbside Pickup. Bicycle Deliveries. Virtual Book Discussions. Amid virus, bookstores get creative.
- Major Indie Bookstores Lay Off Hundreds: Three prominent bookstores, McNally Jackson in New York City, Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., and Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., have together laid off more than 600 employees as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
- Canada's Indigo Closing Until End of March Indigo Books and Music, Canada's dominant bookstore chain, is closing all of its 199 retail locations from the end of business today until March 27.
- Independent Bookstore Day Has Been Postponed Independent Bookstore Day, which was scheduled for April 25, has been postponed. The American Booksellers Association, which manages the promotion, said the event would be rescheduled.
- Children's Booksellers Step Up for Anxious ReadersIn the rush to provide digital content for children who are home because of the new coronavirus, children's booksellers around the country are emphasizing the importance of thoughtfulness and sensitivity to the needs of young readers during a difficult time. Meghan Dietsche Goel of BookPeople in Austin, Tex., said, “Our mission for the foreseeable future is to be a resource as we collectively figure out how to navigate this new normal."
- Authors Launch Digital Children's Book Festival More than a dozen literary festivals were canceled in less than 24 hours last week, but at the same time three children's authors were making sure that one was also born. The Everywhere Book Festival, an all-digital kids' lit festival, will be held May 1–2 with more than 50 participating authors and illustrators.
- How Kids' Lit Is Responding to the Coronavirus Given the widespread school and library closures, children's authors and publishers are going digital to provide kids with ways to read, draw, and engage. PW is tracking some of the most exciting efforts on social media and across the web, and will be updating our list regularly.
- Montreal's Frye Festival and Blue Metropolis Cancel: The two major festivals, scheduled for April and May respectively, are both canceled. Both are offering online activities and discussions for readers.
- ALA Recommends Closing All Libraries: The American Library Association is recommending that libraries close to the public and only reopen "when guidance from public health officials indicates the risk from Covid-19 has significantly subsided."
- Binc Receives Highest Call for Aid Ever: Binc is experiencing the highest number of requests for financial assistance in the history of the organization.
- Taipei Book Fair Canceled: The 2020 Taipei International Book Exhibition which had been postponed from February to May, has been canceled.
- Australian Booksellers Association Conference Postponed: The ABA’s National Conference, due to take place on June 21 and 22, has been postponed.
- Kweli Conference Goes Digital: The 2020 conference will be held online.
- Minnesota Book Awards Gala Canceled: The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library has canceled the 2020 Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony.
- D.C. Store Shifts to Appointments: Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C., has moved to allowing only four people to shop at a time, and they must make an appointment to do so.
- How U.K. Booksellers are Coping: A roundup of the myriad ways U.K. booksellers are reacting to the coronavirus crisis.
- Sales Skyrocket at Libro.fm and Bookshop.org: As a result of the coronavirus crisis, sales at digital audiobook store Libro.fm and online bookstore Bookshop.org have soared.
- 15 Books and Authors Hurt by the Coronavirus: We spoke with authors who have spring 2020 book releases on how the pandemic has affected their plans and careers.
- Regionals Tweaking Spring Forum Formats, Scheduling: While some regional indie bookseller organizations canceled spring forum meetings, others are creatively tweaking schedules to put on unique events, ranging from virtual gatherings to mini-forums of booksellers.
- McNally Jackson, Powell's Lay Off Hundreds: Two prominent bookstores, McNally Jackson in New York City and Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., have together laid off more than 400 employees as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
- Independent Bookstore Day Postponed: The event, which was scheduled for April 25, has been postponed. The American Booksellers Association, which manages the promotion, said the event would be rescheduled.
- Amazon Deprioritizes Book Sales: Amazon will deprioritize the sale of books until at least April 5, according to both a letter PW has obtained that was sent to independent publishers earlier today and an article Amazon posted on its Amazon Seller Central website.
- Housing Works Bookstore to Close: The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar, as well as all other Housing Works shops, have closed.
- Triangle Awards Canceled: The 32nd annual Triangle Awards ceremony, slated to take place on April 30, has been canceled, as has a reading by the finalists planned for the evening of April 29. The winners of the Triangle Awards will be announced, and an event to celebrate the winners in the fall will be announced at a later date.
- Ingram Employees to Work from Home: Ingram Content Group is encouraging their employees who can effectively work from home to do so. The distributor is "monitoring credit situations thoughtfully" but has not yet made any policy changes.
- Edgar Awards Events Canceled: This year's Edgar Awards and affiliated events have been called off.
- Overdrive Assembles Low-/No-Cost Collections: The goal is to supply catalogs of high-quality titles for readers of all ages while they are quarantined from their libraries.
- Bertelsmann Mandates Working from Home: Bertelsmann employees who are able to work from home must do so from now on.
- U.K. Publishers Are Mostly Working from Home: The majority of staff at the major houses in the U.K. have been directed or encouraged to work from home.
- Turin Book Fair Postponed: The fair in Turin, Italy, was scheduled for May 14–18, but has been postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date in the fall.
- Canada Reads 2020 Postponed: Canada Reads 2020 has been postponed. New broadcast dates will be announced at a later time.
- PSNY Suspends Programming: The Poetry Society of New York will postpone all of its upcoming events through the end of April.
- NYPL Shares Remote Resources: The New York Public Library maintains a number of digital resources that are available 24/7 from remote locations.
- Sharjah Cancels WBC Closing Ceremony: The closing ceremony honoring Sharjah as World Book Capital, which was to take place on April 14, has been canceled.
- PEN World Voices Canceled: PEN America has canceled its World Voices Festival, which was to be held in New York and Los Angeles in May.
- IPA Congress in Norway Canceled: The International Publishers Association has suspended its biennial conference, which was to take place in Lillehammer, May 28–30.
- CLMP Annual Meeting Goes Digital: The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses is working to address member needs in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak, and has transitioned its April 8 meeting into a digital one.
- C4F Shutters Until April 6: The Center for Fiction in Brooklyn, N.Y., will close and reopen on April 6.
- The Century Closes: The Century Association will close its clubhouse doors to members and guests through April 10.
- Indie Bookstores Begin Temporary Closures: In less than a week, brisk early March sales at bookstores in many regions have given way to temporary closures in response to the widening effects of the new coronavirus outbreak.
- B&N, BAM Remain Open: Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million are currently continuing to operate all of their stores, although both noted they are closely monitoring new developments in the new coronavirus outbreak.
- The Loft Announces Wordplay Literary Fest Will Be Virtual This Spring: The Loft literary center in Minneapolis is not canceling its second annual Wordplay literary festival. Instead, it is partnering with other literary organizations around the U.S. to hold a two-month virtual celebration of books and authors.
- PRH Organizes Global Taskforces In Response to Virus Threat: In a letter to Penguin Random House employees worldwide, PRH CEO Markus Dohle outlined how PRH plans to address the challenges the company faces coping with the global spread of the new coronavirus.
- Powell's Closes: Powell’s Books in Oregon has closed all of its stores through the end of March.
- Yaddo Closes: The Saratoga Springs, New York–based arts residency will close temporarily, and will update fellows and the public on further changes as they come.
- Licensing Expo Rescheduled: Licensing Expo has been rescheduled to take place on August 11–13 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
- Kettle Pond Canceled: The second annual Kettle Pond Writers' Conference has been canceled; a third will be held in June 2021.
- TechForum Canceled: BookNet Canada's annual TechForum conference, scheduled for March 23–25, has been canceled.
- Gov. Cuomo Shuts Down Gatherings of 500+ In NYS: Governor Andrew Cuomo has banned most gatherings of more than 500 people in New York State.
- New York's Public Libraries Close: The New York Public Library will close its doors at all locations, beginning March 14 and lasting at least through March 31. All public-facing programs were suspended on March 13 at the NYPL, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Public Library.
- HC Allows Employees to Work from Home: HarperCollins has informed its New York City–based employees that they should consider the option of working remotely if their role allows to combat potential spread of Covid-19, although its 195 Broadway office will remain open
- Abrams Encourages Staff to Work Remotely: The publisher will provide its employees with the technology and support so that the company and its staff can work remotely effective March 16.
- Paris Review Suspends Spring Revel: For the short-term, the event has been postponed from April 7 and is to be rescheduled.
- Morgan Library Closes: The Morgan will close as of March 13, at 5:00 PM, until March 30, and cancel all public events.
- IBPA Publishing University 2020 Canceled: More details will be emailed to attendees on March 23, including several options related to registration fees for the event.
- Windham Campbells Will Be Held Digitally: The Windham Campbell Prizes will be announced online on March 19 from London, but the live event will be canceled.
- San Diego Writers Festival Postponed: The San Diego Writers Festival, which was to be held on April 4, will be postponed until the fall.
- Eric Carle Museum Suspends Events Until April: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has canceled programs and events through April 5.
- knk Thought Leadership Conference Postponed: The event, scheduled for April 22, will be postponed, and knk will update attendees shortly. Those with further questions can email david.hetherington@knkcom.
- Bay Area Book Festival Postponed: The program will be held in May 2021, but the organizers (pending the situation) will aim to bring some of the program highlights and featured authors to readers later this year.
- Women in Leadership Conference Postponed: The event was to be held on Marymount Manhattan College in New York on April 2, but will be moved to the fall.
- Believer Festival 2020 Canceled: The event, which was slated to run at the end of April in Las Vegas, has been called off.
- Center for Book Arts Postpones Benefit, Cancels March Programming: The Center has postponed its annual benefit, slated for April 2, and requests that attendees consider donating the purchase price of their tickets. The Center will also suspend all upcoming public programming from March 16 through the end of the month at least.
- BISG Annual Meeting Postponed: The BISG annual meeting, previously scheduled for April 24, has been postponed to September 11. James Daunt has agreed to remain the closing keynote. Anyone who registered has the option for a full refund.
- MacDowell Colony Closes Temporarily: The artist residency program will close temporarily due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Artists-in-residence will be assisted with early departures, and no new Fellows to arrive until danger of virus transmission is contained.
- Madrid Book Fair Postponed: The event, originally slated for May 29–June 14, has been moved to October 2–18, to be held concurrently with the LIBER International Book Fair in Barcelona and the Frankfurt Book Fair.
- Bogotá Book Fair Postponed: The Bogotá Book Fair, which was slated to be held in the Colombian capital from April 21–May 6, has been postponed.
- YALLWest in Santa Monica Canceled: The show will return in spring of 2021, but still intends to hold its 10th anniversary event in Charleston, N.C., this fall.
- WonderCon Canceled: Comic-Con International has officially and indefinitely postponed WonderCon Anaheim, which was scheduled for April 10–12.
- Left Coast Crime Canceled: The annual mystery convention, which was to be held in Rosemont, Ill., March 12–15, has been canceled.
- Literary Orange Canceled: The event, slated for April 4 in Newport Beach, Calif., has been canceled.
- Unbound Book Festival Canceled: The Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Mo., which was due to take place April 23–26, has been canceled.
- 2020 Ezra Jack Keats Award Ceremony Canceled: The ceremony, due to be held by the University of Southern Mississippi on April 2, has been canceled out of concern over the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
- DIS2020 Postponed: This year's Digital Innovators' Summit, which was to be held March 24–25 in Berlin, Germany, will be postponed until September, its organizers confirmed.
- Writers and Illustrators of the Future Postponed: The 36th annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future workshops and awards celebration, which were set to take place in Hollywood, Calif., on April 3, will be postponed until later this year.
- TWF 2020 Canceled: The 2020 Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival, slated for March 25-29, has been canceled. The Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival has also been canceled.
- House of Speakeasy Cancels March Event: The March 24 edition of "Seriously Entertaining" at Joe's Pub will not take place, and refunds will be offered.
- Seattle Libraries Close: Seattle is closing all public libraries, community centers, and parks programs in a bid to slow the new coronavirus.
- Cleveland Public Library Shutters Programs: The Cleveland Public Library is canceling all major programs and events due to the coronavirus scare.
- Buying Books for Coronavirus Lockdown: An Arizona TV station surveyed customers who were buying books in preparation for the lockdown.
- Boston Store Needs Cash for Staff: I AM Books is raising money to pay staff while it closes due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Coronavirus Impact Begins to Spread: The growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the publishing industry came into view this week as some independent bookstores reported slowing sales and the number of book festival and author tour cancellations rose.
- 2020 Texas Library Association Annual Conference Is Canceled: The news comes after publishers and other TLA exhibitors began pulling out in large numbers earlier this week, and as the host city of Houston moved to pull the plug on other scheduled events, including the popular Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
- MoCCA Arts Fest Rescheduled Over Virus Concerns: The MoCCA Arts Festival, an annual festival of indie and self-published comics and graphic novels organized by the Society of Illustrators, has been postponed.
- Whiting Awards Cancels Live Ceremony: The 2020 Whiting Award winners will be announced as scheduled on March 25, but the in-person ceremony and reading have been canceled.
- New Orleans Book Festival Canceled: The event, held yearly at Tulane University, has been canceled for this year, and will be held next year from March 18–20.
- Diamond Cancels 2020 Retailer Summit: Diamond Comic Distributors has canceled its 2020 Retailer Summit, which was scheduled to take place April 14–16 in conjunction with MegaCon in Orlando.
- Children's Africana Book Awards Canceled: Both the Children’s Africana Book Award dinner and festival, which were scheduled for March 27–28, have been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
- National Black Writers Conference Postponed: The National Black Writers Conference is being postponed to support the efforts to prevent community spread of the new coronavirus.
- JFK Presidential Library Closes: The Boston library will be closed until further notice after two employees were potentially exposed to Covid-19 last week.
- 2020 Bologna Children's Book Fair Is Canceled: Due to the spread of the new coronavirus in Italy, the organizers of the Bologna Children's Book Fair have canceled the fair this year.
- PRH Gives NYC Staff Ability to Work from Home: Acknowledging that many people in its New York City headquarters may be uncomfortable commuting to its office, PRH US CEO Madeline McIntosh issued a memo saying the any employees who are able to complete their work from home may do so.
- ABA Updates Booksellers on Coronavirus Response: In an email to member stores Tuesday afternoon, the American Booksellers Association announced steps that it is taking to respond to the needs of independent bookstores and ABA staff amid growing concerns about the new coronavirus.
- For Midwest Booksellers, It's Business as Usual Despite Coronavirus Fears: Midwest booksellers and the two regionals representing them report that business is usual despite coronavirus fears, although booksellers are minimizing physical contact between visiting authors and their fans.
- 'L.A. Times' Postpones Festival of Books: The 25th Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held October 3–4 rather than next month, and the Book Prizes awards ceremony, planned for April 17, is canceled, but honorees and winners will still be announced that day.
- P&W Gala Is Off: Poets & Writers has canceled its 50th anniversary gala in Manhattan, which was to be held March 16.
- Virginia Festival of Books Canceled: This year's festival will not be held, and the festival will update its attendees on "many other implications of this cancelation" via its website.
- WNDB Symposium and Award Ceremony Canceled: We Need Diverse Books has canceled the Diversity in Children’s Literature Symposium and the Walter Dean Myers Award Ceremony on March 13.
- BIGNY Postpones March Event: BIGNY will postpone its March 24 program From Kitchen to Cookbook, and will notify all registered attendees when it is rescheduled.
- PEN Events Still On: PEN America is proceeding with plans for the PEN America World Voices Festival, to be held May 4–9 in New York and May 6–9 in Los Angeles, and the New York PEN America Literary Gala on May 19.
- NBCC Award Ceremony Postponed: The National Book Critics Circle has canceled both its finalists reading, set for March 11, and its awards ceremony on March 12. The NBCC will still deliberate on March 12 to choose this year's winners.
- New York Bookstores Weathering Coronavirus Outbreak
From New York City to Buffalo, booksellers said customers were undeterred thus far by the news that a growing number of New Yorkers had contracted the new coronavirus.
- Tucson Festival of Books Canceled: The 2020 Tucson Festival of Books has been canceled due to concerns about the new coronavirus.
- ReedPop Postpones Emerald City Comic Con Over Virus Concerns: Concern over travel to pop culture conventions as well as delays in printing due to the new coronavirus are growing among comics publishers.
- Reed Confirms BookExpo, BookCon to Proceed as Planned: Reed Exhibitions issued a statement confirming that BookExpo and BookCon will proceed as planned May 27–31, 2020, at the Javits Center in New York City.
- London Book Fair Canceled: Citing concerns about the potential spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Reed Exhibitions has canceled this year's London Book Fair. Numerous major publishing conglomerates had already pulled out of the event.
- Paris Book Fair Canceled, Brussels to Go Ahead: As a result of the spread of the new coronavirus, the Salon du Livre in Paris has been canceled. So far, the Foire du Livre de Bruxelles, which begins this Thursday, is slated to commence as planned.
This article has been updated with further information.