B&N Press Rearview Review: 2023

We can’t believe the end of 2023 is coming soon, but what a year it’s been at B&N Press! We couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments of our authors and publishers, plus all the amazing news coming out of B&N Press, NOOK, and B&N.

Let’s take a journey through this incredible year together:


B&N Press Loves Authors:

B&N Press hosted fifteen virtual events in 2023! From author panels like our summer “Romantasy” event or insider discussions such as one with NOOK’s Director of Audiobooks, Jennifer Perry, there was so much to experience across our social channels. Facebook live event banner with romantasy authors: Bridget E. Baker, Melissa A. Craven, M. Lynn, Kay L. Moody, A.L. Knorr, and Anthea Sharp.

These events bring voices from across the industry and we can’t wait to share more as we head into next year. Instagram story with headshot of Jennifer Perry, Director of Audiobooks for NOOK

Speaking of staying in touch, B&N Press is launching a new monthly newsletter! Get additional marketing email communications and other special updates from B&N Press by signing up at the new B&N Press email preference center.

Picture of author C.J. Archer with two eBook covers.

Lastly, in the vibrant world of indie authors, there’s one name that shone so brightly in 2023—the phenomenal C.J. Archer! C.J.’s remarkable journey has been marked by consistent excellence, with a diverse range of titles spanning multiple genres. We celebrate C.J. Archer and countless other indie authors who enrich the literary landscape with their creativity and dedication!


B&N Press By the Numbers:

Romance continues to be the eBook sales heavy hitter, but we love to see B&N Press authors add so many new titles — exactly 30,783! Within our catalog, five genres really stood out among all those amazing new books on sale.

Five eBook covers in a row showing the genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Crime Thrillers, Women Sleuths, and Action & Adventure Romance


B&N Press Top Titles

In eBooks, the top B&N Press published title of 2023 was, for a second year in a row, from bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout with A SOUL OF ASH AND BLOOD.

“I LOVE it. Absolutely. Completely. I love that we get to revisit many of our favorite scenes with fresh eyes. I love that we get the FULL experience of so many amazing scenes… This is what I like to refer to as a soul installment. It’s a book in the series that we need. It doesn’t introduce too much of the big new things. It’s made to tie in the story, maybe even is the glue. It’s getting us ready for what is to come because even in these pages that are packed with love we can sense the impending storm. This is the calm.”

– brattyndbooked, B&N Reviewer


Not to be outdone, the top B&N Press published print book of 2023 was another #TikTok fan favorite both in store and online with HAUNTING ADELINE by H.D. Carlton!

“This was my FIRST dark romance read and I soaked it in like a sponge! I’ll be completely honest I was so scared to read it but decided to do it anyways and I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t but it down. I fell in love with reading all over again because of H.D Carlton. Highly recommend!”

– Amber Roo, B&N Reviewer



B&N Press Celebrates NOOK:

The little NOOK that could didn’t just coast this year, but expanded! We added to our suite of devices with the new NOOK Glowlight 4 Plus featuring audiobook integration plus more new features 😉 The B&N Press GlowLight 4 Plus, now with Audiobook integration!

  • Listen to your favorite audiobooks with Bluetooth or headphones.
  • Waterproof design lets you read anywhere without worry.
  • Large flush-front display keeps dust from collecting.
  • Simply swipe or use physical buttons to turn pages.
  • Members save 10% off all NOOK tablets, eReaders, and accessories.


And oh yes, we launched a new Premium Membership program! Collect stamps through purchases – including for eBooks and audiobooks – to earn rewards. And, there’s plenty of other reasons to join like getting 10% off almost everything on BN.com and in Barnes & Noble and Paper Source stores, free shipping, and one free eBook per month. That’s not even all the perks so be sure to sign up today!

Premium Membership Info banner


So, let’s give a cheers for 2023. You’ve been a great year and we can’t wait to share all the goodies to come in 2024!

Write on!



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