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  • 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.

  • China Literature Loses Big During the Pandemic

    China Literature, China's top online publishing and bookselling platform, lost $465 million in the first six months of the year, prompting executives to say the company business model and culture needs to be fixed.

  • European E-book, Audiobook Sales See Pandemic Pop

    Sales of e-books and audiobooks have been robust across Europe throughout the pandemic despite storefront closures, according to a new report from Bookwire.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • German Sales Drop 14% in the First Half of 2020

    German Book sales crashed during lockdown, but have bounced back as bookstores reopened, and are down just 14% overall for the first six months of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.

  • Bertrams Goes Bankrupt

    The Bertram Group, one of two major U.K. book wholesalers, has gone bankrupt. Asset sales have been agreed to, and the majority of its employees have been let go.

  • Vietnam's Liberal Publishing House Wins Prix Voltaire

    Liberal Publishing House, a clandestine publisher founded last year by dissidents to challenge the authority of the government of Vietnam, has been awarded the 2020 Prix Voltaire from the International Publishers Association.

  • W.W. Norton Names New U.K. MD

    Norton has named John Donovan managing director of its U.K. operations as the company integrates its international sales operations into a single group.

  • 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 that promotions will help them rebound.

  • France's Publishers Expect Big Revenue Declines

    A survey found that 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%.

  • U.K. Wholesaler Bertram Group Is Up for Sale

    Bertram Group, one of the top U.K. book wholesale companies, is up for sale. An advertisement online notes that the company had a turnover of £250 million last year, with a gross profit of £9 million.

  • 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.

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