Another week with double-digit gains in all but one category led to a 15.1% jump in unit sales of print books from the comparable period in 2019 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The juvenile nonfiction segment had the biggest gain over the week ended Aug. 3, 2019, with units spiking 40%. The usual suspects were atop the category bestseller list in the week—Big Preschool Workbook was #1, selling nearly 33,000 copies, followed by Crystal Radke’s My First Learn-to-Write Workbook, which sold more than 28,000 copies. Last year at this time, Big Preschool Workbook sold nearly 14,000 copies. Print unit sales were up 18.9% over 2019 in the adult nonfiction category.
Yet another effort is underway in Congress to eliminate the costly prefunding of U.S. Postal Service retiree healthcare benefits that have been an albatross for the USPS since a 2006 reform measure, and this time appears to have some more bipartisan momentum.
A reform act that would eliminate the prefunding, which has cost the USPS many billions over the years, passed the House in 2020 but was hung up in the Senate. Now senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Steve Daines (R-MT) have reintroduced the measure, according to Federal News Network.
A companion bill has been proposed by House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), along with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Colin Allred (D-TX).
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