Bestseller Stat Shot
To the observer, it would appear that titles have been spending less time on the frontlist bestseller lists in recent years. But which of today’s titles have the kind of staying power needed to remain on the list until 2064? Could the Hunger Games or the Divergent trilogy become the next Lord of the Flies? Or will The Goldfinch be our generation’s Catcher in the Rye? Of course, it’s impossible to know, but a look through the year’s bestselling backlist titles so far shows there are plenty of books with staying power—four of the 10 top-selling backlist titles were published more than 50 years ago, and the top 25 is studded with classics (did you know S&S’s trade paper edition of Fahrenheit 451 has sold over 17,000 copies so far in 2014?). Here are the year’s top 10 selling backlist* fiction titles.
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