Home life and educational books on the rise as Americans shelter at home

Mar 27 2020 Book sales in the United States increased 0.7 percent year-to-date, through the week ending March 14, 2020, reaching 123 million units. However, weekly book sales declined 10 percent over the previous week as consumers adjusted their shopping behavior in the face of widespread social distancing directives. While the ongoing threat from the global coronavirus pandemic is keeping more families at home these days, book sales in several publishing categories appear to be benefiting from more people staying home, according to The NPD Group. Based on the latest information from NPD BookScan, sales of juvenile non-fiction education, reference,...

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Albert Uderzo, co-creator of French comics series Asterix, dies at 92

Mar 27 2020 Albert Uderzo, a French illustrator who co-created Asterix the Gaul, the diminutive, blond-haired warrior who became one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved cartoon characters, died of a heart attack on March 24 at his home in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. He was 92. Source: The Washington Post More News Stories

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Is the Covid-19 crisis a watershed moment for library e-books?

Mar 27 2020 As libraries around the U.S. shutter their physical locations to battle the outbreak of Covid-19, they are rapidly transferring budget dollars to e-books, digital audio, and other digital media to serve their communities. And the shift could prove to be a watershed moment for a digital library market where the major publishers have so far proceeded cautiously—and sometimes contentiously. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories

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