In bookstores, the Covid-19 avalanche

DECRYPTION – Since the beginning of April, new titles continue to appear which intend to decipher the health crisis and its consequences. Very present on the shelves of booksellers, some are distinguished by an insolent success while others have created surprises.

Nine hundred and sixty-nine references with the keyword “Covid”, 814 with “pandemic”, 499 for “coronavirus”… On the Electre bibliographic database, which lists all the works published or to be published in France, it is little to say that the health crisis holds the top of the paving stones! And the increase is dizzying for this newcomer to the editorial landscape: in mid-April, Weekly Books listed… five; plus six, to be released in May.

Pamphlets or philosophical reflections from authors of sometimes dubious scientific soundness, journals of doctors with variously talented pens, attempts at political decryption, sometimes opportunistic re-editions, updates of university sums, very specialized works, humor, children’s books … “There are all genres and all publishers», Notes Paul-Antoine Jeanton, book panel consultant at the GfK marketing audit institute. Not to mention those that appear in the search engines of online bookstores, such as this collection of news

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