Publishing Industry News: March 27, 2020

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• Faced with the loss of a major exhibitor and widespread postponements of public events, Reedpop has rescheduled the BookExpo, BookCon, and Unbound events originally planned for late May to late July at New York’s Javits Center.

• In a surprise announcement last week, Macmillan said it has abandoned its controversial embargo on new-release e-books in libraries. “There are times in life when differences should be put aside,” read a brief memo from Macmillan CEO John Sargent that was addressed to librarians, authors, illustrators and agents.

• Novelists Caroline Leavitt and Jenna Blum are promoting their colleagues through an ambitious initiative called A Mighty Blaze. Anyone can join in on the conversations that are hosted on social media, but authors who want their books promoted must pass a few requirements: The book has to be traditionally published for adult readers, and the author’s book tour must have been canceled. It’s a way to help promote authors during a time when large gatherings have been canceled and social distancing is being observed. 

• In response to the COVID-19 restrictions, people are turning their Little Free Libraries (LFLs) into Little Free Food Pantries. Typically, LFLs are places where people can leave books they’re no longer reading and take one as well. During this time, some people are putting shelf-stable food in LFLs for those in need to take and encouraging others to leave something as well.

• To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the publishing industry, many publishers are offering specials and discounts. Publisher’s Weekly has a compiled list of these specials, discounts, offers and events. To review the list, visit, and search for “COVID-19 Updates: Special Offers and Discounts.”