Trade cautiously optimistic for autumn—if bookshops can remain afloat

Trade cautiously optimistic for autumn—if bookshops can remain afloat

The trade is resolutely optimistic about the autumn, despite the ongoing threat to high street booksellers from a further lockdown which could follow any uptick in coronavirus cases. Trade bosses also told The Bookseller of concerns around the consequences of localised outbreaks, which could disproportionately impact distribution operations and book supply during a key part of the year.

The fortune of bookshops is foremost in most publishers' thoughts. "Collaboration between publishers and retailers is more important than ever, and this is a critical moment for independent bookshops in par...

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