Bookstore sales took an unprecedented plunge in April, tumbling 65.3% compared to April 2019, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. April sales fell a total of $412 million from 2019, dropping to an anemic $219 million. In March, bookstore sales fell 33.4% compared to a year ago. March sales were $392 million, meaning April sales declined 44.3% from March to April. Total retail sales dropped 19.4% in April compared to 2019 after falling 6.6% in March from 2019.
Barnes & Noble announces its picks for The Best Books of 2022 (So Far). The bookselling team selected these ten titles, spanning fantastical debuts, deeply moving novels from literary powerhouses, timely works of ambition set in Ukraine, epic fantasies and book-loving rom-coms, as the best new releases so far this year.
“All readers will find a book to love on our Best Books of 2022 (So Far) list,” said Jackie De Leo, Chief Merchandising Officer, Barnes & Noble. “It’s wonderful to see the mix of many debut authors alongside well-established literary darlings. The books are as different as the authors who penned them, yet their engaging narrative and their impact on the booksellers at Barnes & Noble is the common thread that weaves them together.”
see the list at: https://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/press-release/barnes-noble-announces-best-books-2022-far/