NYT Fiction Best Sellers vs. Library Holds

If bestseller lists were determined by library holds, the top new title this week would be Lorrie Moore’s A Gate at the Stairs, which is showing a total of 964 holds on 89 copies in four large libraries. It debuts on this week’s NYT Fiction list at #10.

Only two of the four libraries have bought it in audio, which also shows heavy holds.

A Gate at the Stairs
Lorrie Moore
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0375409289 / 9780375409288

BBC Unabridged Audio:

ISBN: 1602837163; 9/1/09; $29.95
  • ISBN: 1602837163; 9/1/09; $29.95

Downloadable from OverDrive in both eBook and audio.

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A few rungs up the bestseller list, E.L. Doctorow’s Homer & Langley arrives at #7. It’s drawing fewer holds than Moore’s title; 361 on 252 copies in the same four large libraries.

Homer & Langley: A Novel
E.L. Doctorow
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 1400064945 / 9781400064946

Random House Audio; ISBN: 0739334166 $32.00; September 01, 2009

Downloadable from OverDrive in both eBook and audio.

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But holds are running higher on titles that have been on the list much longer. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett is at #5 on the list after 23 weeks. The four library catalogs show 2,371 holds on 429 copies.

The trade paperback edition is many months off; it has been rescheduled from February to June 1, 2010.

The Help
Kathryn Stockett
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Putnam Adult – (2009-02-10)
ISBN / EAN: 0399155341 / 9780399155345

Penguin Audio; ISBN: 9780143144182 $39.95
Downloadable from OverDrive in both eBook and audio

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Holds are also high for The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson — 2,051 on 474 copies and on the list at #9 after 6 weeks.

The first book in the series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is close behind, with 1,824 holds on 462 copies (a few of the libraries have bought additional trade paperback copies). It is on the NYT Trade Paperback list at #3 after 11 weeks.

The Girl Who Played with Fire
Stieg Larsson
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2009-07-28)
ISBN / EAN: 0307269981 / 9780307269980

Random House Audio; ISBN: 0739384171; $39.95

Downloadable from OverDrive in both eBook and audio

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Vintage)
Stieg Larsson
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2009-06-23)
ISBN / EAN: 0307454541 / 9780307454546

Random House Audio; ISBN: 0739370642; $29.95

Downloadable from OverDrive in both eBook and audio

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