Barnes & Noble Buys a Beloved Indie, Book Sales are Way Up, Real Data on Diversity in Published Books, and more.

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Jeff and Rebecca dive into an extremely busy week of book news. Barnes & Noble buys Tattered Cover. April book sales are up so much it’s hard to believe. And published books have gotten way more diverse over the last 5 years, but there is more work to be done and reason to wonder if the progress will continue.

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