COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe, and book sales are climbing as a result. Readers seek to escape the uncertain world and distract themselves through all forms of literature. Citizens in the United Kingdom are gathering novels, puzzle books, study guides, and coloring books as they prepare for long periods of social isolation. Fiction sales are up by a third and children’s books rise 234%, while stores like Waterstones are seeing a 400% weekly rise of online sales.
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It’s not just genres that seem to be on the rise, classic titles like The Great Gatsby, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and The Bell Jar are getting their fair share of reads this month. Authors are doing their part, too. Many are making efforts to help their readers pass the time. Some are reading their books to their audience on social media platforms and generating stay-at-home PSAs, while others are allowing easier distribution of their titles for everyone.
Keep your distance.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 22, 2020
A reminder: you can read and listen for free to short stories, essays and suchlike of mine at https://t.co/VHzUM2nxh6, and for kids of all ages, watch or listen to the whole of The Graveyard Book and Coraline at https://t.co/rcD9cEWlaf
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 18, 2020
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