Costco Set to Stop Selling Major Item Year-Round

Costco plans to stop selling books regularly at its wholesale clubs from January through August. This change starts next year, according to the New York Times.

Publishing executives said the decision is partly due to added costs for workers. Unlike other items, books are placed on tables, not pallets.

Sources told the outlet that Costco might still sell books occasionally. They will stock books regularly only during the holiday season from September through December.

This move could hit publishers hard. Costco's bulk orders can reach hundreds of thousands of copies of a single book.

Publishers Weekly notes Costco has been a major bookseller for decades. The industry has known for a while about Costco's pullback on book sales.