Publishing and the Supply Chain

We’ve all been hearing about disruptions in the supply chain and it’s no doubt going to effect most of us in one way or another. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic that has changed life as we know it.

A few weeks back my publisher sent out the same warning in a newsletter, letting us know that it might be hard to find the books we’re looking for. The letter also said, it’s very possible that we’ll even see empty shelves at our local bookstore or out of stock listings for certain books when ordering online. We were also warned that if and when titles run out, there could be “significant” delays in publishers having them reprinted. *Gulp*

There’s a great article on the Nimbus Blog —LET’S TALK SUPPLY CHAIN if you’d like to read more about it and exactly why and how this could effect the book industry and you.

According to this, if you’re looking to give books this year you might want to shop early. I know I’ve had a book on order from my local bookstore for several months now and it’s not come in, but I’m hopeful it will arrive for Christmas.

I can’t quite wrap my head around the fact that we’re heading into the Christmas season again. But I’m seeing brightly lit Christmas trees in front of people’s windows and lots of other hints of the holidays. I have a friend who sends me lovely photos of her decorations. I’m sure at some point I’ll be struck by the Christmas spirit and will be anxious to start some preparations myself. I am hopeful that this year we’ll actually be able to celebrate Christmas with our families, which wasn’t the case last year. But I have family in New Brunswick as well. We’re not sure what will happen there since they are having problems controlling the virus at this time. It could be possible that travel will be restricted. But that will be a wait and see situation and there’s no point lamenting the reality of what’s going on in our world now.

My hope is as you head into the holiday season, you don’t encounter any shortages for the items on your list. Let’s all keep out fingers crossed.

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  1. I have heard this too. Sigh…


  2. I haven’t noticed any disruption, but I’m not a big shopper. The books and other items I ordered arrived in a timely fashion. The four other people in the house have packages arriving every week, so they’re not having problems either. Everything I look for at the grocery store is there.

    I’ve been hearing of supply chains being disrupted, but I haven’t witnessed it first hand. However, as I said, I don’t like shopping, so I’m seldom in stores to see if shelves are empty.


    • Recently, there was something my husband needed and was told wouldn’t be available. He’s also ordered something for the lawnmower months ago and it hasn’t come. I’ve noticed empty shelves in the grocery store recently. It probably all depends upon what that item is.

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  3. I agree: It probably depends on the item (and location). I guess I’m lucky that I don’t buy what a lot of others do because everything I ordered came in fine and stores have everything I need. I walked into my local farm store and saw a big display for bulbs for the heat lamp. It reminded me that mine had blown this spring and I needed another, so I bought it to get ready for the next batch of chicks.



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