The US is experiencing disruptions in its supply chain, which has an impact on the production of books.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to print bestsellers due to a paper shortage and an increase in lumber demand.
Comparing 2020, there has been an 18.7% rise in book sales in 2021.
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Book publishers and book manufacturers warn book stores and readers about supply chain disruptions that could impact their favourite titles.
The US is currently experiencing a paper shortage. This is the latest supply chain problem to affect the country and cause disruption in the manufacturing and sale of goods. Manufacturers are facing difficulties meeting the growing demand for lumber and the labor shortage in the economy.
Publishers Weekly reported that there has been an 18.7% rise in print book sales in 2021 compared to 2020. Nearly 50% of sales have been recorded in the young adult function category this year, which has experienced the greatest increase. Experts don't expect this trend to slow down and worry that suppliers won't be able meet holiday demand.
Bookazine president Cindy Raiton told Publishers Weekly that she is experiencing shipping delays from a majority of her vendors. She does not expect the problem to be resolved before the holiday season. We advise all accounts to allow additional lead time and to make use of stock availability, knowing that reprints may be difficult.
Readers are advised to shop for holiday books before Black Friday. They should also shop locally, buy only domestic goods and look into buying used books. Authors and bookstores have taken to social media as well to inform their customers about the shortages. They are reminding readers to be patient if they run out of stock.
Not only are books and other paper goods in supply, but many other items also face shortages. Delays have affected everything, from food and beverages to car manufacturing. The larger problem is also caused by a lack of labor, shortages in warehouse space, backed up ports, chip shortages, and transportation problems.