Pulp (non)fiction: Book business faces novel quandaries

By John Jeter
Upstate Business Journal
October 13, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

With occasional headlines proclaiming that fewer people are reading books these days, you may think that the publishing business is getting beaten to a pulp. Turns out, it’s pulp that’s beating up the industry — that is, a scarcity of actual pages. “Even the lowest-level publishing employee right now is very aware of what’s going on in the world of paper because it’s impacting their day-to-day,” says Meg Reid, executive director of Spartanburg’s Hub City Press. …For one, most of the world’s paper is made in Asia, Statista reported in June. And Reid says industry peers are telling her that much of it has been going to the more-profitable manufacture of corrugated cardboard for boxes filled with all your Amazon orders. Another issue, as national and trade media have reported, is that shipping containers are in short supply. 

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