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June 1st, 2021

The New Normal?

Editor’s note:

It’s been another busy month, and an exciting one for the industry – with bookshops enjoying a surge in print sales, and the demand for audio ever-increasing, it seems that people are reading just as voraciously as ever – and it’s no surprise, given the titles on offer.
We enjoyed celebrating the best of publishing at the virtual Nibbies, where we sponsored the independent publisher of the year (more on this later), and we’re looking forward to a much more optimistic summer, as the industry opens up.

Darin Brockman
Firsty Group Founder & CEO

With the familiar return of publishing events, especially in the run up to this years’ virtual London Book Fair, we are left thinking on the benefits of what appears to be a new hybrid model of working, not just for those within the industry, but especially for readers and the ways in which they discover new titles and authors online.

The move to work from home was, for many, fraught with complications of space restrictions, caregiving responsibilities, and a potential decline in the networking opportunities that come with being able to meet other industry professionals, as remarked upon by Sam Copeland earlier in the month. However, it also fast tracked what is often discussed, but seldom acted upon – the move towards decentralising publishing from London. Although bold moves had been made prior to lockdown, most notably the set up of Harper North in Manchester, the move online added a pressure that was arguably necessary, especially from an inclusion perspective.

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