The Year's Most Prolific
It’s a great feat to land one title on the year-end bestseller list (see the top-selling print books in several categories here), but why settle for one bestseller when you can have a catalogue of them? Here are 13 authors who each had three or more books among the year’s 200 bestsellers (not counting multiple editions of individual titles):
|Author||# of titles|
|George R.R. Martin||3|
Readin' with the Oldies
The Hardcover Fiction list we run every week is all about frontlist titles—those thathave published in the past 52 weeks. But, of course, there are plenty of titles that have very long lives. As we tallied up the year’s bestsellers, a few of these stood out: literary classics that are still racking up blockbuster numbers decades after publication. Below is a list of the top sellers that have been on bookstore shelves for more than 50 years:
|Title||Author||Year of Publication||2014 Sales|
|To Kill a Mockingbird||Harper Lee||1960||382,587|
|The Great Gatsby||F. Scott Fitzgerald||1925||287,777|
|Fahrenheit 451||Ray Bradbury||1953||238,111|
|Lord of the Flies||William Golding||1954||212,953|
|The Catcher in the Rye||J.D. Salinger||1951||195,955|
|Of Mice and Men||John Steinbeck||1937||180,424|
Holiday Movers & Shakers
The 2014 holiday buying season was a good one for the industry, with the usual seasonal surge amplified by highly successful (and highly anticipated) film adaptations of a number of titles. Even as overall print book sales slowed in week 52, books with a box office tie-in kept going. Here are the week’s top movers and shakers, ranked in order of biggest weekly sales bump:
|American Sniper (movie tie-in) |
by Chris Kyle (Harper)
The Clint Eastwood–directed adaptation lands in theaters January 15.
|Dark Places |
by Gillian Flynn (Three Rivers)
Already read Gone Girl?
by Laura Hillenbrand (Random)
A Christmas Day film debut helped keep sales climbing.
|Fifty Shades of Grey |
by E.L. James (Vintage)
A little heat for those cold winter nights. The film hits February 13.
|Gone Girl |
by Gillian Flynn (Broadway)
The book that keeps on going.
Top 10 Overall
|1||The Long Haul||Jeff Kinney||Abrams/Amulet||126,787|
|4||Unbroken (movie tie-in)||Laura Hillenbrand||Random||85,518|
|5||41: A Portrait of My Father||George W. Bush||Crown||64,020|
|6||Gray Mountain||John Grisham||Doubleday||59,607|
|7||Hope to Die||James Patterson||Little, Brown||50,273|
|8||Yes Please||Amy Poehler||Morrow/Dey Street||50,194|
|9||Guinness World Records 2015||Guinness World Records||Guinness World Records||48,634|
|10||American Sniper (movie tie-in)||Chris Kyle||Morrow||46,081|