Bestseller Stat Shot

The four bestselling books in the country this week are mass market paperbacks, and each got a huge boost from the mass merchandisers channel—which includes stores like Walmart and Costco. As it turns out, the format is hugely popular in the channel, where 19 of the 20 top-selling titles are mass market paperbacks. Here are the top 10, with the percentage of their total unit sales for the week that came from mass merchandisers.

The Hero Robyn Carr $7.99 79%
The Racketeer John Grisham $9.99 71%
Big Sky Wedding Linda Lael Miller $10.00 82%
The Forgotten David Baldacci $10.00 52%
Webster’s New World Dictionary Michael Agnes, ed. $5.50 99%
Univ. of Chicago Spa.-Eng. Dictionary Pharies/Moynd, eds. $5.99 98%
The Inn at Rose Harbor Debbie Macomber $7.99 68%
Diamond in the Rough Diana Palmer $6.99 88%
Temptation Sherryl Woods $7.99 79%
Low Pressure Sandra Brown $8.00 77%

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