“Books are doing OK right now, but the closer we get to the holidays, the worse it's going to get"
Waiting until the last minute could leave you empty-handed this holiday season. Bookstores are the latest to warn of shortages over the next few months.
"The problem is multifold,” said Melissa Posten, the Director of Inventory at The Novel Neighbor on Big Bend Road. “First of all, there's a paper shortage. Paper mills have learned that cardboard is more lucrative, and with the increase in online shopping during the pandemic, they are printing cardboard boxes instead of making paper.
That problem is compounded by printers backed up due to social distancing and lack of workers. Then, you factor in the shortage of shipping containers, backups at ports on both coasts, and the lack of trucks and drivers to move products around the United States.
Since most color books are printed …