Amazon announced its choices for 2020’s Best Books of the Year So Far, selecting Abi Daré’s debut novel, The Girl with the Louding Voice, as the top pick. Throughout the year, the Amazon Books editorial team pores over thousands of pages to determine the Best Books of the Month, Best Books of the Year So Far, and Best Books of the Year, debating new releases across various categories—including literary fiction, mystery and thriller, biography, children’s books, and young adult—all to help customers find their next great book. For Best Books of the Year So Far, the Amazon Books editorial team read and selected titles released between January 2020 and June 2020. This year’s list includes the first adult novel of a longtime children’s book author, a sought-after tattoo artist’s memoir on assimilating to American culture after leaving Vietnam, and a gripping true story of a family trying to understand how schizophrenia has affected their lives and future.
The U.S. Postal Service provided updated third quarter service performance data through the week of June 25th which shows consistent and improved delivery performance across all First-Class, Marketing and Periodical mail categories since the second quarter.
Performance numbers below include the weeks of April 1 through June 25:
*First-Class Mail: 87.5 percent of First-Class Mail delivered on-time against the USPS service standard, a more than 9 percent increase over the second quarter.
*Marketing Mail: 90.9 percent of Marketing Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a nearly 6 percent increase over the second quarter.
*Periodicals: 79.2 percent of Periodicals delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a nearly 8 percent increase over the second quarter.
As laid out in its 10-year plan Delivering for America, the Postal Service continues its efforts to improve service performance and reliability while addressing ongoing employee availability challenges with the goal of meeting or exceeding 95 percent on-time delivery across mail and shipping product classes.
The Postal Service continues to move forward with its preparations for the 2021 holiday peak season and to meet the evolving mailing and shipping needs of the American public and business customers. Network enhancements and investments currently underway to move mail and packages more efficiently include installation of additional package sorters and the leasing of annex facilities to accommodate volume increases expected during the 2021 holiday seasons.
Service performance is defined by the Postal Service from acceptance of a mailpiece into our system through delivery, measured against published service standards.