Bestseller StatShot

Does National Poetry Month do anything to sell poetry books? Not this year. PW compared sales of the 50 bestselling poetry titles in April and March 2013. The result? Sales in March were higher by a hair. Last year, though, sales of the top 50 books jumped 15 percent in April. But while there was no sales spike during National Poetry Month this time around, sales of poetry books overall are higher this year than last.

Sales of the 50 Bestselling Poetry Titles

Month Unit Sales
March 2012 29,291
April 2012 33,759
March 2013 34,161
April 2013 33,915

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