From the Scranton Times-Tribune:
HarperCollins Publishers will close its warehouse and distribution operation in Throop next summer and put close to 200 people out of work.
“The industry is changing,” said Erin Crum, spokeswoman for HarperCollins, a book publisher based in New York. “It just makes sense for us to go this route as we shift to a more digital industry.”
Ms. Crum would not disclose how many people will be laid off when the warehouse at the Keystone Industrial Park closes.
However, Craig Pawlik, principal officer of Teamsters Local 229 in Scranton, said 192 people will be furloughed. The union represents maintenance and warehouse workers at the facility.
“They are stunned,” Mr. Pawlik said. “Their last day in Dunmore will be sometime in September 2013.”
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The warehouse’s demise illustrates the impact of e-reading devices, such as Amazon.com’s Kindle, on the publishing field.
Print book sales dropped by more than 9 percent in 2011 from the preceding year, according to the Nielsen Co., a New York media and information concern. In August, a publishing industry survey showed paperback book sales had decreased by 14 percent since 2008.
“The economy is constantly evolving,” Mr. Burke said. “Nationally, we see bookstores closing. We see publishers merging and we see logistics being consolidated and outsourced.”
Link to the rest at the Scranton Times-Tribune and thanks to Meryl for the tip.