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Book Sales Down Again This Week

Following a drop of 5.5% in print book sales last week, which is mostly due to no big titles coming out, this week followed with a drop of 1.2% compared to the week of September 26.

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Despite seven new titles appearing among the top 10 bestsellers last week, it was not enough to bring book sales up. After a few dire months in the Publishing industry at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, sales seemed to be recovering in the last few months due to a few reasons: the prevalence of online purchasing in the US, Ingram’s (book distribution company) print-on-demand operations, and the high demand of titles on politics and race such as White Fragility, How to Be an Antiracist, and The Room Where it Happened. 


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But since the popularity of these same books is beginning to fade out, the lack of in-person events and book fairs, and because the industry continues to face printing shortages, sales have slipped once again. Hopefully, as we approach the Holiday season, we’ll see an increase in book sales.

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