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Top 5 Publishing News Stories 12/21-12/24

number_5_orangeEvery week we recommend 5 publishing news stories that young book professionals should read to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry. There are only 5, so even if you weren’t able to read a thing all week, these should help keep you in the know.

According to the Association of American Publishers, trade book sales are down from last year, although audio and paperback sales continue to grow.

A publisher and book retailer in Germany have created a vending machine to exchange an unwanted present for a book.

After complaints last month, HarperCollins has improved its shipping times to booksellers in Canada.

Iceland has a tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve, which increases the country’s book sales between September and December.

Jeff Bezos is taking a hands-on approach at the Washington Post, hoping to improve its digital products and distribution strategies.

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