Bestseller Stat Shot

Back in June, we looked at the impact that the Amazon-Hachette dispute was having on the publisher’s bestselling titles (“Is Amazon Really the Devil?,” June 9)—presumably those hit hardest by the retailer’s decision to no longer take preorders for Hachette titles and to hold so little Hachette stock that some orders couldn’t be filled for several weeks. But, as it turned out, Hachette’s most popular titles were faring better than in the same period in 2013.

Things haven’t changed. Looking at the past four weeks of print unit sales data, Hachette has more books among the 100 bestselling titles in the country than it did in the same period in 2013, and the total unit sales of Hachette’s bestselling books are up 11%. Here’s how it breaks down.


Week ending June 29 July 6 July 13 July 20 Total
Titles in top 100 10 10 13 13
Highest rank 3 3 7 11
Combined weekly 152,375 147,725 162,748 141,416 604,264


Week ending June 30 July 7 July 14 July 21 Total
Titles in top 100 10 11 11 9
Highest rank 1 3 3 7
Combined weekly 173,163 150,953 124,888 94,557 543,561

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