Or at least the part of it that publishes books.
An editorial assistant explains why October was such a terrible month for publishers.
Personally, I’ve never understood why books are returnable in the first place. Shouldn’t bookstores take on more risk? Do grocery stores return unsold cans of spam and jars of molasses and rolls of toilet paper? Do department stores send the no-longer-in-fashion clothing back to the manufacturer? Is it only the book business that has such an odd standard?
Regardless, books are cool and fun and make great gifts. Go forth and buy some, especially fantasy with romantic subplots in order to create more demand for the kind of books that I like to write.