The coronavirus pandemic has boosted Barnes & Noble’s book business, which had been floundering for years. Consumers are eager for reading material, and many are turning to the bookstore chain. And Barnes & Noble mentioned another hopeful sign, besides the double-digit sales growth in books: teenagers and tweens are contributing to the growth, largely due to the popularity of graphic novels. All this has helped give Barnes & Noble a new lease on life, as well as the confidence to open new stores.
“Double-digit growth in books has not happened since Amazon came along,” Barnes & Noble Chief Executive James Daunt told The Post in an interview.