The NBA Bounce


A few of the nominees for the National Book Awards moved up Amazon’s sales rankings after yesterday’s announcement. The lesser-known, or most recently released titles made the greatest leaps.

Only two of the finalists are currently in the Amazon top ten. Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her (Penguin/Riverhead) is at #44 (up slightly from the day before). It’s moved down since a high of #16 after a string of reviews, culminating in the 9/20 NYT Book Review

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, Harper is at #82. The nomination came shortly after its publication on 10/2 and a week of multiple reviews (Minneapolis Star TribuneKansas City StarUSA TodayCleveland Plain DealerWashington PostSan Francisco ChronicleMiami Herald).

Third in sales rankings of the nominees is The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, (Hachette/ Little, Brown), at #169, up slightly from the previous day and down from a high of #80 after this Sunday’s cover review in the  NYT BR.

After the jump, all the  finalists by Amazon Sales Rankings, excluding poetry, as of this morning (gathered via Publishers Marketplace‘s Book Tracker tool). Note that the NBA has far less effect on sales rankings for children’s titles than the Newbery/Caldecott/Printz Awards. Most of those winners and honorees moved into the top 100 immediately following their announcements.

National Book Award Finalists by Amazon Rankings (as of 8 a.m. 10/11/12)

#44 (from #46) This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz — Fiction

#82 (New) The Round House by Louise Erdrich — Fiction

#154 (from #156) The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers — Fiction

#602 (from #487; high to date, #94) Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo — Nonfiction

#691 (from #1,299; high to date, #173) Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk  by Ben Fountain — Fiction

#659 (from #564; high to date, #4) The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro — Nonfiction

#727 (earlier ranking not available) A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers — Fiction

#1,563 (pub date Oct 14) Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin — Young People’s Literature

#1,864  (Not yet released; Pub date, 10/30) Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum — Nonfiction

#2,279 (earlier ranking not available) Goblin Secrets by William Alexander — Young People’s Literature

#2,366 (released Oct 1; earlier ranking not available) Endangered by Eliot Schrefer  — Young People’s Literature

#2,411 (earlier ranking not available) The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir by Domingo Martinez — Nonfiction

#3,071 (Not yet released; Pub date, 10/16)  Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos  — Young People’s Literature

#3,233 (from # 9,364; high to date, #2,671) House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid — Nonfiction

#3,391 (earlier ranking not available) Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick  — Young People’s Literature


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