Each year, Choice Books recognizes the highest retail volume accounts in various retail categories. Choice Books’ highest volume account in 2014 was Paradies Shops at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which sold 21,700 books, $248,467 retail from eight displays scattered throughout the airport.
The Association of American Publishers recently noted that publishing was healthy in the first three-quarters of 2014 with sales up 4.9% in all categories. Overall book sales from religious publishers for January-September 2014 were up 2.1%
Recently, when the Choice Books (CB) service rep arrived to service the CB display at Fort Bragg, the display was empty. This typically isn’t a good thing, so the rep asked management about it, and they said that a woman came into the store and bought every book off the display. She said she was dying and wanted to give the books away.
The manager of a hospital gift shop recently told a Choice Books service rep, “I have lost two husbands to cancer . . . one to brain cancer and another to prostate cancer. I recently received word from my daughter who is in her late forties that she has been diagnosed with uterine cancer. The prognosis does not look good, and I'm feeling overwhelmed.”