'Wave of returns' fear as printing demand escalates and Amazon 'scoops up' stock

'Wave of returns' fear as printing demand escalates and Amazon 'scoops up' stock

Publishers say they are printing books earlier and in larger quantities as retail giants such as Amazon order “tons of books” to beat supply chain problems, prompting fears of a “huge wave” of returns after Christmas.

Issues including a shortage of HGV drivers and paper, alongside delays and increased shipping costs caused by Brexit and Covid-19 complications have led to the moves, sources told The Bookseller. The situation could leave indies struggling for reprints of bestsellers in the crucial next few months as larger retailers are prioritised.

A senior publishing figure, who asked to ...

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