The DOAB appears to show a total of 11 arts and humanities books in 2022. Here are the workings behind the initial figure.

The DOAB’s sidebar facets were used for the July test, rather than a crude keyword search.

a) Arts facet. Non-keyword search: Date Issued: [2020 TO 2023] × Subject: The arts

Two hits. No books listed as “2022”.

b) Humanities facet. Non-keyword search: Date Issued: [2020 TO 2023] × Subject: Humanities

This gave 198 titles. This result-set was small enough for me to manually skim through picking out suitable “2022” titles on new browser tabs, while excluding single chapters and the many mis-hits (e.g. “Dental Education”, General Education, Business, Health titles). I came up with a list of 11 book titles so far in 2022, and which fit inside what I consider to be the core “arts & humanities” fold:

Verwaltete Vielfalt: Die königlichen Tafelgüter in Polen-Litauen, 1697–1763.

Tracing the Atom: Nuclear Legacies in Russia and Central Asia.

Realities, Challenges, Visions? Towards a New Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy.

Trends on Educational Gamification: Challenges and Learning Opportunities.

Game-Based Learning, Gamification in Education and Serious Games.

Post-Truth Imaginations: New Starting Points for Critique of Politics and Technoscience.

Islam and the Trajectory of Globalization: Rational Idealism and the Structure of World History.

After the Text: Byzantine Enquiries in Honor of Margaret Mullett.

In Contempt: Defending Free Speech, Defeating HUAC (a new history of the U.S. McCarthy trials).

Horos: Ancient Boundaries and the Ecology of Stone.

Monstrous Liminality: Or, The Uncanny Strangers of Secularized Modernity.


In contrast a simple search for keyword humanities gives many mis-hits, not least among the vast number of medical books. e.g. DOAB highlighting…

humans. In this context, humanized mice transplanted with functional human cells.

The same results are had when using either humanities or “humanities” as a keyword.


But it turns out that searching either way is misleading. The two apparently top-level facets of ‘arts’ and ‘humanities’ are not giving the full story, since they are not acting as top-level “buckets”. To get the actual number for 2022 in English one must undertake the following…

1. Blank search. Publication Type: book × Date Issued: [2020 TO 2023] ×

2. Sort Date Issued: 2022 × Language: English × Publication Type: book ×

3. Now remove the wider [2020 TO 2023] facet, having now got access to the pure 2022 facet.

There are then 2,638 titles accessible in 2022 so far. This is ‘all books’ in 2022, and not all arts and humanities.

Drilling down from that set to a clean arts and humanities sub-set appears to be impossible, as things stand. There appears to be almost as may subject sub-facets as there are books…

One can’t use the .CSV export of results, as that appears to be capped at 500 rows. And the general RSS ‘feed for new titles’ appears limited to just four titles.

My guess would be that perhaps 400+ of the 2,638 titles for 2022 fall into what I would call “arts and humanities”, but one can’t get a clean de-duplicated list for such. If there is some arcane way to do it, then please let me know how.

Update: There are very slightly over 500 titles for 2022 to date, in English. To get at a precise number I undertook a study with the aid of the main .CSV file.