Almost every industry has been hit by bottlenecks and delays in the supply chain, and now publishers and book sellers are struggling to find supplies and get books shipped in time for the season. holidays.
One of LSU Press’s most anticipated book titles for fall sat in a shipping container for six weeks, director Alisa Plant said. The book is now in stock, but the delay has hampered early sales.
Their main printer is also currently out of paper, Plant says. A paper delivery is expected next week, but release dates have already been pushed back. However, the press was able to print larger holiday books earlier in the season to maximize sales.
LSU Press is not alone, as publishers and bookstores across the country face similar challenges, The New York Times reports.
A shortage of shipping containers creates problems from the start. Publishing professionals say containers that used to cost $ 2,500 can now cost as much as $ 25,000. The containers can then get stuck in the saved ports. And although publishers choose to print nationally, demand now exceeds available capacity.
It continues to cost more to print and ship, Plant says. She is keeping her focus on consumer prices for now, but she has been told that the price of printing will continue to rise.
âI think steps are being taken to try and fix this problem,â she said, âbut I’m afraid it will get worse before it gets better. There are so many moving parts involved.