The Beat reports that B&N is adding a YA graphics novel section.
I’ve heard separately from several people in the book world that Barnes & Noble has confirmed that they will be adding a standalone kids graphic novel section to their stores in the near future.
Graphic novels have long had their own section, but the comics sections of B&N’s got much bigger in the Aughts. But kids comics have traditionally been shelved along with regular children’s books, making them harder to find for kids who are specifically looking for them. Publishers have been pushing for a kids GN section in B&N for years but I’m told there was internal resistance for a long time.
The recent explosive growth in the sales of kids graphic novels has made the new section a much more viable idea. You can see the numbers for yourself in our annual Bookscan report. Books-a-Million, the other book chain left in the US, also has a separate section for kids GNs.
That sounds pretty cool. I am looking forward to strolling through that section when B&N holds its closeout sales in February after it declares bankruptcy.
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