COVID-19 Impacts Publishing Industry
This year’s London Book Fair has been cancelled. Citing concerns about the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Reed Exhibitions made the announcement at the last minute. The event was scheduled to start next week. Harpercollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette LIvre and Pan Macmillan had announced prior to the cancellation that their staffs would not be attending.
Concerns of the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus caused the organizers of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair to reschedule to the first week in May. Publishers, authors and editors have been scrambling to rearrange their schedules to accommodate the change.
More than 30 children’s book publishers exhibiting at Toy Fair New York in late February reported that they use Chinese factories to produce a significant percentage of their books. They anticipate a disruption in the supply chain because of the virus.
All of us have heard the precautions we need to practice to minimize contracting the virus. This is my advice:
1) Download 10-15 great books to your Kindle.
2) Charge the battery and keep the charging cord handy.
3) Both hands on your Kindle will keep you from touching surfaces that may have the virus.
4) Avoid crowds – stay home and read.
5) Download more books if the virus threat continues.

The Sandman Audio Drama coming to Audible this summer, narrated by Neil Gaiman