TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – Taking a physical copy of a book has become much more popular during the pandemic.
In fact, Mostly Books said they saw their sales increase by 20-25%.
“We were prepared for the devastation. We were ready to say, “Oh my God, what’s going to happen? “And that didn’t happen,” said owner Tricia Clapp.
She has owned the store for over thirty years and said they never really closed their doors. Instead, she and her team took control from the curb.
“We sold a ton, which is a surprise to a book lover. So someone was like, “I needed a mystery bag and we would ask them how much they wanted to spend and I would fill it with mystery books,” Clapp said.
Avid reader Teri Davis said she even noticed she was picking up her books more than usual when the pandemic hit.
“There wasn’t much else to do. I was stuck at home. I’d rather read than watch Youtube videos, which doesn’t mean I haven’t watched my fair share of Youtube videos but I prefer to read, ”she said.
With demand comes a challenge: supply. Clapp explained that several books have been delayed due to supply chain issues.
“Usually, if we place an order with one of the big publishers, it takes two to four days for us to get the books. So if we order what comes out on Tuesday. Tuesday is the new release day – our favorite day of the week – and it normally happens on Monday. Now we are sometimes lucky if he gets there by Friday, ”she explained.
Clapp’s advice to buyers – if you see it, get it now.
“Because if you don’t, you might not be able to get it. It’s like one of those crazy toys where all of a sudden the shelves are empty, ”Clapp said.
Clapp expects the delays to last until the end of the year.
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