Shift in Book Buying Habits

Link: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/83161-the-pandemic-is-changing-book-buying-patterns.html

Everything in the news seems to be about the current situation, and the publishing world is no different. While this is only a temporary blip in the history of the world it has become our whole world and is changing the everyday habits of most people. it has also shifted People’s book-buying habits. According to the article, areas such as Outdoor Skills, the Spanish Flu, Games and Activities, and literary fiction. Another area that has seen an increase due to the lockdown, is school readiness as parents have to work with their kids on school work that they might not know how to help with.  Not only has it changed what books people are buying it has also changed the locations that people are buying print books. As expected, due to the lockdown, there has been a decline in buying print books at physical locations and there has been a significant increase in online purchasing. This article makes two predictions about the aftermath of this pandemic, saturation and acceleration, as everyone gets back to work in the ‘new normal’.

Changes in the Publishing Supply Chain

Link: https://www.idealog.com/blog/the-supply-chain-for-book-publishing-is-being-changed-by-coronavirus-too/

Due to the current pandemic, the world has shut down. Many businesses have seen the halting or shutdown of production and sales. The publishing industry is no different. This article discusses a shift in the perspective of publishers on printing. Publishers consistently have worked to publish enough copies so that they meet demand, but do not exceed demand. since the pandemic has put a hold on the normal supply chain, Publishers are beginning to notice and turn to Ingrams Print On Demand (POD) services. Ingrams ability “to ship a copy (or more) of any book ordered today by tomorrow” makes the service desirable, because books can then be printed to fill the demand and not necessarily to precede the demand in hopes of meeting it. There is one drawback to POD. It is more expensive to print and bind one book than it is to print and bind one in an order of thousands. However, due to the current situation, publishers are turning to POD. Even though the print price might be higher, the supply chain is easier and the extra costs are shadowed by the sales that would be lost without the POD system.

Protecting Copyright

Link: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/covid-19-no-defence-undermining-copyright-ipa-states-1200953

This article discusses the struggles associated with ensuring copyright infringement does not take place as content moves increasingly more online due to COVID-19. In March, “Internet Archive moved to lift restrictions on 1.4 million books” since people no longer have access to libraries. this act would provide access in the face of these current closures. However, by doing this the American Association of Publishers stated they were breaching copyright laws by “undermining copyright and all the scientific, creative and economic opportunity it supports.” In response to the attempts to ignore copyright laws in the face of the pandemic, The International Publishers Association (IPA) has disagreed, affirming the importance of maintaining and protecting copyright law. The IPA has stated, “More than ever society needs the endeavors of authors and publishers to be valued and their copyrights respected.” Without copyright law, the work of an author or publisher can be disrespected and used without the permission of the author or publisher. While it is important to provide access to research and information, many libraries have online sections where books can be checked out online within copyright law.

Bertelsmann is aiming to be climate neutral by 2030

Bertelsmann, the parent company of Penguin Random House, is planning to be climate neutral by 2030. They hope to cut their CO2 emissions in comparison to their 2018 CO2 emissions. In order to achieve their goal, they will be moving to full green electricity. Bertelsmann chairman and c.e.o. Thomas Rabe states, “The diversity of Bertelsmann’s businesses requires different, bespoke solutions. The first few units, such as the Corporate Centre in Gütersloh, will already achieve climate neutrality this year, others in the following years. In 2030, Bertelsmann will be a climate-neutral company.” All of their divisions work with different products so each division has to take different steps to reach the climate goals.

Heres the link to the article: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/bertelsmann-aims-be-climate-neutral-2030-1192120

Diversity in Publishing

This article, written by John Maher, discusses the disparity in the diversity of the publishing industry through an exploration of a study conducted by Lee & Low Books. Lee & Low Books “is the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country” (Lee & Low). In 2015 they released the first Diversity Baseline Survey which aimed to establish a baseline of statistics about the diversity of the publishing industry. Four years later, they have released an updated survey to understand how publishing may, or may not have changed within that time frame.

The survey found that there have been marginal improvements to the overall diversity in the business of publishing. For example, the study found that 76% of employees who responded to the survey were white. Maher writes “the industry’s interns are vastly more diverse than the industry itself.” This survey now comes into play as the controversies surrounding American Dirt and Romance Writers of America spark tense discussions around diversity and proper representation in the publishing industry, both within the books, they publish and also within the industry as a whole.

Article: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/82284-new-lee-and-low-survey-shows-no-progress-on-diversity-in-publishing.html

If you want to check out the survey by Lee & Low Books here is the link to the post on their website: https://blog.leeandlow.com/2020/01/28/2019diversitybaselinesurvey/