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Essential? Different? Exceptional? The Book Trade and Covid-19



Squires C (2020) Essential? Different? Exceptional? The Book Trade and Covid-19. C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writings: News [Blog post] 10.12.2020.

First paragraph: For many - probably all readers on this platform - a book is an essential Christmas gift to give or receive. Those rectangular objects, so bibliographically obvious nestled in their wrapping paper under the Christmas tree, also form delightful seasonal and familial traditions around the world (Gadd 2018). Notable among these is Iceland’s Jólabókaflóðið (Christmas book flood), in which Christmas presents are exchanged on 24 December and the books are immediately consumed alongside hot chocolate, or other suitably festive drink (Norris 2017).

book trade; bookshops; Amazon; Covid-19; publishing

Type of mediaBlog post
Publication date10/12/2020
Publication date online10/12/2020
PublisherOpen Library of the Humanities
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Professor Claire Squires
Professor Claire Squires

Professor in Publishing Studies, English Studies