Postmaster General Megan Brennan paid a visit to the American Catalog Mailers' forum in Washington, tossed aside her notes, and invited the catalogers in the room to air their concerns. The interchange was refreshing, though not surprising. Catalogers wanted to know why the Postal Service couldn't just tear all the red tape off of rates and let catalog volumes and mail revenues flourish. Brennan agreed with a lot of what they had to say, but reminded them, in essence, that unsnarling red tape and process delays is what she does for a living. Brennan began by telling the group that one of her chief goals was to engage with key stakeholders in an effort to find ways to help the mailing industry grow in an increasingly digital age. To that end--despite the financial pressures still mounting on the Postal Service absent legislative relief--Brennan said her current budget includes $2 billion in capital spending compared to only $700 million last year.
Unit sales of print books rose 1.3% in 2018 over 2017 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. According to BookScan, which tracks 80% to 85% of print sales, units topped 695 million in the 52-week period ended December 29 compared to 686.9 million in 2017. Print book sales have been trending upward, albeit at a slow pace, since 2013.
The modest 2018 gain was driven by the adult nonfiction segment. Not only did political books pile up big sales last year, but Michelle Obama’s Becoming was 2018’s runaway bestseller, selling 3.4 million copies at outlets that report to BookScan.
A total of five books sold more than 1 million print copies in 2018, all of which were frontlist titles. In 2017, the two top selling books were backlist titles, Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.
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