The Last Lecture has risen to #1 on Amazon, knocking the Oprah pick, A New Earth to #2. The book was not reviewed prepub (it was a late addition to Hyperion’s list). The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the first to cover it on 4/06, saying,

The Last Lecture has even more emotional punch than when Pausch told a packed auditorium in September that he was dying of pancreatic cancer, and then proceeded to describe all the ways he had been able to fulfill this childhood dreams.

Most libraries have received their copies and reserves are heavy. In some cases, they are running as high as 20 holds per copy. The audio (which is at #25 on Amazon’s list) is also receiving reserves.


The Last Lecture
By Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

  • Publisher: Hyperion (April 9, 2008)
  • Hardcover: $21.95
  • ISBN-10: 1401323251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323257
  • Unabridged CD: $21.95
  • Publisher: Harper Audio
  • ISBN-10: 1401323251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401323

I must say, I am amazed by Unaccustomed Earth, now at #6. What happened to the received wisdom that short stories don’t become bestsellers? The book is the current literary darling, reviewed widely and enthusiastically, including the cover review of last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review (also not a guarantee of commercial success). It’s made it to the print lists — #1 on both the NYT and Washington Post lists and appearing on all the other lists. Reserves are very heavy in some areas.


  • Hardcover:$25.00
  • Publisher: Knopf (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307265730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307265739
  • Audio CD: $39.95
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (April 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739341790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739341797

But the real phenomenon is Breaking Dawn, the fourth in Stephenie Meyer YA vampire series. The book isn’t due out until August 2nd, but it’s been in the top 15 on Amazon, rising as high as #6, ever since it was announced. Libraries do not have it on order. If you have any doubts about Meyers’s popularity, just check out the reserve list for her forthcoming adult title, The Host, now at #61 on the Amazon list. All the other titles in the Twilight series are also on the list, in the 30’s.

The Host
Stephenie Meyer

  • Hardcover: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316068047
  • ISBN-13: 978-031606804

Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4)

Stephenie Meyer

  • Hardcover: $22.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (August 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 031606792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316067928

Why no cover art? The series is known for its striking covers and fans are already speculating on what the cover will be. Some are even creating their own versions (this one gets my vote). Capitalizing on this fervor, the publisher is keeping the cover under wraps until May 31 (the Saturday of Book Expo) when they will release a special hardcover edition of the third book in the series, Eclipse, which will include the cover art and first chapter of Breaking Dawn.

And the new edition of the world’s most popular pregnancy book is on the Amazon list at #65


What to Expect When You’re Expecting: 4th Edition

Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

  • Paperback: $14.95
  • Publisher: Workman, 4th edition (April 10, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0761148574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761148579
  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Workman, 4th edition (April 17, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 076115079X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761150794

One Response to “Amazoomers”

  1. Jeffrey Gegner Says:

    Regarding Breaking Dawn:

    At Hennepin County LIbrary (suburban), we put a record into our catalog for Breaking Dawn at the end of December and our order went out February 19. This morning there are 271 requests on 47 copies.

    When we have information from a reliable source about an upcoming title that is expected to have high demand, we put a ‘Work in Progess’ record in our catalog so customers may place requests. We’re selective about how many we add, but it saves customers and staff a lot of hassle.

    In addition, Baker & Taylor doesn’t always have full ordering information on some high demand titles as quickly as we’d like. If I’m able to verify title, ISBN, price, etc., at other sources such as the publisher’s website, author’s website or Amazon, I will prepare an order, use it to create a record in the catalog, and then hold the actual order until the title shows in Title Source. Again, this is done selectively.