‘Guernsey’ a Bestseller

Library hold patterns for Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society indicated that it would be the top seller of two big debut novels that came out last week. And, indeed, Guernsey is #43 on the USA Today list, while The Lace Reader is at #85. 

Guernsey also appears on the Wall Street Journal list this week, but The Lace Reader does not. Of course, the WSJ list has only 15 spots and five of them are taken by YA titles (four of those by Stephenie Meyer!). Since the NYT  does not include YA titles on their fiction list, we could see The Lace Reader on Sunday’s list.

The WSJ‘s list is the only one that shows relative sales. This week’s list reveals how dramatic the difference between the number one and number two titles can be. The WSJ gives a sales index for each title, based on 100, which represents the mean sales of the top fiction titles sold in 2006. Breaking Dawn has an index of 1514, 15 times the index of 100 (it doesn’t even fit on their chart of top sellers for 2008). Eclipse, at #2, has an index of 108, so Breaking Dawn is outselling Eclipse by 14 to 1. Guernsey, at #8,  has an index of 28, so for every copy of Guernsey sold, 54 copies of Breaking Dawn were sold.

But Breaking Dawn is such an anomaly, it’s unfair to use it as a basis. When you compare Guernsey to some other titles, you see it is doing remarkably well. The other new fiction title is The Bourne Sanction, which, with an index of 30, is selling only slightly more than Guernsey.

If library hold patterns are an indicator, Guernsey may jump ahead next week. Holds for the Bourne Sanction at four major libraries total 270, while holds for Guernsey are more than double, at 590.

This ends the math portion of our Friday!

Several libraries have substantially increased their orders for Guernsey.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

  • Hardcover: $22.00
  • Publisher: The Dial Press (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385340990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385340991
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $80.00
  • Publisher: Books on Tape; (Aug 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1-4159-5440-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4159-5440-9
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $22.00
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; (July 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739368435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739368435
  • Hardcover, Large Type: $34.95
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print; (September 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1602852693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602852693

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