Breaking; Barnes & Noble is adding a kids graphic novel section
There's no denying that the direct market is a much stronger business model for monthly single issues than newsstand distribution. This has been the case for some time. New single issues haven't been available in the overall newsstand market for nearly two years now and in book stores for at least three months without notice. And to be clear, this in no way affects sales of graphic novels in either chain which have continued, as many have pointed out, on an uphill trend in the past year! The stores will continue to carry the publisher's graphic novels and trade collections, which are distributed by Hachette, as well as single issues released by DC Comics and Dark Horse. According to Good E-Reader, while a smattering of Marvel periodicals still may be found at some smaller or rural stores, the titles are simply no longer available to Books-A-Million.
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. However, a YA graphic novel section is also being considered. This is potentially huge news. Kids GNs have been one of the fastest growing segments in publishing for a while now, and getting this kind of visibility will only help readers find more books. This is part of that as well. Growing and training The Next Generation of Comics Readers — begins at the most basic level which unfortunately most comic book stores have yet to have enter their consciousness.
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