Tuesday, 16 December 2008
OFF THE SHELF - BOOK NEWS
Last year, 22 annuals sold more than 50,000 copies in UK sales figures. The Doctor Who and The Beano annuals both cleared 200,000 while The Match annual, Horrid Henry and the Brats managed 100,000. However this year sales of all the above titles are down 20%.
However industry experts say this is down to some new kids on the block rather than the global money downturn. High School Musical, first time in annual format, has already clocked over 200,000 sales in the run up to Christmas.
The best selling UK annuals as of today are in order of highest seller first:
Disney's High School Musical
In The Night Garden
The new Government backed pro-reading Campaign, Reading For Life will launch in Spring 2009. It follows on from the successful Year of Reading campaign. Check out details of the campaign at WWW.readingforlife.org.uk.
Friday 19th December will see the publication of The Watchman deluxe edition from Titan Books at £24.99. This hard back printing of the original graphic novel will feature bonus material not seen elsewhere.
The Tales of Beedle The Bard by J. K. Rowling sold 368,000 copies in its first three days. This is far short of the final Harry Potter which did an insane 2.65 million copies in its first 24 hours but an amazing showing all the same. It outsold it's nearest rival, The Guiness Book Of Records by five copies to one.
International top five books fiction:
1 Cross Country by James Patterson
2 Fishing for Stars by Bryce Courtenay
3 The Islands by Di Morrisey
4 The Private Patient by P d James
5 Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
1 The Shack by William P Young
2 Cross Country by James Patterson
3 The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
4 Divine Justice by David Baldacci
5 The Pagen Stone by Nora Roberts
1 13 urr by Deopn Myer
2 The Shack by William P Young
3 Ena Murray Omnibus by Ena Murray
4 Rouge by Danielle Steele
5 Cross Country by James Patterson
Posted by Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin at 15:09