The Connexion: French state to pay delivery fees for bookshops in lockdown

The Connexion: French state to pay delivery fees for bookshops in lockdown. “The French state announced yesterday (November 5) it will cover the cost of delivery fees for independent bookshops that are sending orders to customers during confinement in order to ‘help them continue trading through online sales’.”

The Guardian: Legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company begs for help in pandemic

The Guardian: Legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company begs for help in pandemic. “One of the world’s most iconic bookshops, Shakespeare and Company, has appealed to its customers for help as it is struggling, with sales that are down almost 80% since March. The celebrated Parisian bookstore told readers on Wednesday that it was facing ‘hard times’ as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps customers away.”

Oprah Magazine: 117 Black-Owned Bookstores in America That Amplify the Best in Literature

Oprah Magazine: 117 Black-Owned Bookstores in America That Amplify the Best in Literature. “From online book boutique Sistah Scifi—a shop that strictly sells Afrofuturism novels—to children’s bookstore The Listening Tree in Decatur, Georgia, there are plenty of diverse Black-owned bookstores you can safely shop at right now, and always, no matter how much (or little) the nation is focused on a longtime continuing struggle.”

Washington Post: People want to support their local bookstores. They might be hurting them instead.

Washington Post: People want to support their local bookstores. They might be hurting them instead.. “As the novel coronavirus takes its toll on businesses all over the world, many well-meaning consumers have flocked to local community bookstores. However, increased demand on these small shops have put a strain on business owners. Even worse, some have received backlash from impatient and disgruntled customers for slow shipping or sold out inventories. According to seven independent bookstore employees who spoke to The Washington Post, customers complain about orders taking too long, asking when they will get their books, and even cancel orders because they don’t want to deal with the slow process.”

Bloomberg Opinion: Can Independent Bookstores Survive Covid-19?

Bloomberg Opinion: Can Independent Bookstores Survive Covid-19?. “The pandemic has crushed independent booksellers across the country so ferociously, their futures are as precarious as they’ve ever been. There were about 1,887 independent book-selling companies running 2,524 stores nationwide in 2019, up from 1,401 booksellers running 1,651 stores a decade earlier, according to the American Booksellers Association. It’s hard to see how this growth spurt won’t be reversed now, given how many booksellers say they’re struggling to remain afloat. During the first few weeks of the corona-crisis alone, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit that supports indies, received applications for emergency financial support from more than 670 booksellers.”

CTV News: Google map highlights Black-owned bookstores across North America

CTV News: Google map highlights Black-owned bookstores across North America. “One of the many ways people are showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement is by supporting Black-owned businesses. One Canadian publisher is making this especially easy for book lovers across North America. Don Gorman, the publisher of Rocky Mountain Books, has created a map displaying more than 250 bookstores across Canada and the United States that are Black-owned and operated.”