It has been a great week for Ink, with 9 nominations in 2 of the most prestigious media awards in America. Rhapsody Magazine, distributed in United Airline's premier cabins, has received 9 nominations for its excellence across cover design, features, photography, illustrations and design at both the Min and Folio Awards. Once again, Rhapsody’s cover featuring Lupita Nyong'o stood out for the award judges, following the previous win Gold Award of Excellence. Yu Tsai who shot the cover is one of the most sought after photographers in the world today and he also shot Rhapsody’s Sarah Jessica Parker cover this month. United's inflight media is in front of over 141m people per year and recently a Gfk MRI survey audited Hemispheres, Rhapsody’s parent magazine, as having the wealthiest readership in American publishing - with The Economist in 11th place and Condé Nast Traveler lagging behind in 26th position.
While total sales have fallen slightly since the outbreak of the new coronavirus at Barnes & Noble, company CEO James Daunt is confident the bookstore chain can continue to be a profitable venture with one provision—that it is allowed to keep its stores open.
“If the U.S. goes the way of Italy and France, that would be difficult to overcome,” Daunt said, referring to the decision in those countries to close down all but essential businesses. To Daunt, books and bookstores should be considered vital businesses. “Books are crucial during this period,” Daunt said, noting that they provide both education and diversions for people stuck at home. “People are buying lots of books.”
Since the virus outbreak, sales of children’s books have been very strong, Daunt said, especially in education-related areas. In fact, sales for the entire core book business are up, although those gains have been offset by a plunge in cafe business and decline in some other non-book areas.
Online sales have also risen dramatically, Daunt said. He noted that in the U.K., Waterstones (for which Daunt is also the CEO) had its biggest online sales day on March 18, and that he expects online sales to keep increasing in the U.S. as well. Even with those gains, however, the online side of the business “could never make up for the loss if all the stores are forced to close,” Daunt said.
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