Christmas 2020, a guide for book buyers.
Normally we like to wait until the smell of mince pies is in the air and the pain of pine needles is underfoot before broaching the very thought of Christmas shopping. However, as you know, 2020 is a bit different.
We want to make sure there are plenty of books under the tree this year and that you can get that perfect title as a gift (receiving or giving!). So grab a ginger wine and read on…
Some books will run out of stock.
During the lockdown a lot of titles were delayed until closer to Christmas, and some are now being pushed into 2021. The pressure on printers has now reached a point where they’re at full capacity. Additionally, much of the UK’s stock of titles with colour printing (picture books etc.) come from overseas, and they are also under pressure.
As you will probably now have guessed, we suggest that you shop as early as you can for Christmas this year, so that you’re not disappointed.
Pressure on carriers
At the beginning of lockdown, ecommerce in the UK saw sales jump by over 100% and delivery suffered as a result. If online sales throughout November and December also increase by over 100% then there will be inevitable delays in deliveries. We are also making sure our distribution staff are safe and well-spaced which adds a little time to processing.
So, please do allow that bit extra time. We will be despatching items to you as soon as we have them available, so you might find that you receive your orders in separate packages. This is to ensure we do not hold your order back, whilst waiting for items.
If you live near a Blackwell’s shop and they have a book in stock then you can use our free ‘Reserve in store’ link on the product page to get them to put a book to one side for you straight away and if they don’t have it in stock you can have it delivered to store by selecting it in the checkout.
Search for ideas online
The serendipity of shelf browsing isn’t quite the same online, but we recognise that for many customers going into a physical bookshop simply might not be possible this year. In order that you still get to browse, we have put together a Christmas catalogue for you to look through at your own leisure. We hope you find some inspiration, as there are some wonderful books being published this winter.
Also thank you! Thank you for buying your books from us over the last few months, we really appreciate it, in fact we might not be here otherwise. We want to make sure you all have a safe and wonderful Christmas so please let us know if we can help in other ways too.
The Blackwells.co.uk bookselling team.