The Flux Capacitor Effect, How Old Books Become New Best Sellers

War Brides by Helen Bryan

Some interesting reads are on Publishers’ Weekly site if you’re into book stats for 2012 — what sold and why in print.

For instance, last year print sales were dominated by Romance. Romance jumped +35%, while Biography/Autobiography epic failed -26%, as did Sci Fi -21%, Business  -18%, Mystery  -11%, Cooking -3%, History -7%, Audio -7%, Children -2%.

Upshot, romance sells, particularly in hard times, and hard “romance,” like 50 Shades books, really sells.

The Romance category was also one of the most monopolized —- the top 10 romance bestsellers had only 4 different authors (E.L. James, Sylvia Day, Nora Roberts, and Nicholas Sparks) from only 3 different publishers (Vintage, Berkley, and Grand Central). Only one other adult category, Religion, saw any increase at all in 2012 —- and that only increased 1% for the year.

The really interesting stuff however is over in the Best Selling Books of 2012 Top of The Charts.

Half of the top 20 bestselling books of 2012 in print were either Fifty Shades titles or Hunger Games titles, and only one book not written by E.L. James or Suzanne Collins—Jeff Kinney’s latest Wimpy Kid title—cracked the one-million-copies-sold mark for the year.

However, Amazon’s Top 20 Print Titles reveals a larger trend evident in the bestseller lists — that just because a book is a bestseller in 2012 doesn’t mean it was published in 2012.

Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, was in Amazon’s top 20 for print, despite being first published in 2010.

In fact, eight of BookScan’s top 20 books in 2012 were published before 2012, including Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling, which was published in 2004, and E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (which came out first as a Kindle and Print on Demand title in May of 2011). Another non-2012 release, Stephen King’s 11/22/63, finished as Kindle’s #19 bestseller of the year, thanks in part to its discounted $3.99 price tag. But for Kindle, there was no bigger success story than Helen Bryan’s War Brides, which was first published in 2007 and rereleased by AmazonEncore (Amazon’s paperback division) in June 2012, needing just over six months to become the #14 Kindle bestseller of 2012.

So just because your book didn’t fly off the shelves the year you published it, doesn’t mean it won’t ever make the bestseller list!

Jesus Calling

Are you a Giver? US World Book Night Titles Announced

Well folks, that day is finally upon us: the day they announce what books are going to be distributed for World Book Night, US, and the day they start taking applications for bookgivers.

On U.S. World Book Night, 25,000 volunteers sign up to give away 20 copies of one of the available books. Organizers have chosen a diverse list of titles, hoping that each volunteer will be able to walk up to a stranger and say, “I loved this book, I hope you will to.” Volunteers must be 16 or over and can sign up online.

And the winners are . . . .
“Bossypants” by Tina Fey
“City of Thieves” by David Benioff
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” by Mark Twain — Love it.
“Devil in a Blue Dress” by Walter Mosley
“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
“Favorite American Poems” by various authors
“Girl With a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier — Love it
“Glaciers” by Alexis M. Smith
“Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
“The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, in English and Spanish editions
“The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan
“Look Again” by Lisa Scottoline
“Looking for Alaska” by John Green
“Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris
“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life” by James Patterson
“Moneyball” by Michael Lewis
“Montana Sky” by Nora Roberts
“Mudbound” by Hillary Jordan
My Antonia” by Willa Cather .
“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith
“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster — Love it.
“Playing for Pizza” by John Grisham
“Population: 485” by Michael Perry
“Salvage the Bones” by Jesmyn Ward
“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova
“The Tender Bar” by J.R. Moehringer
“The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho in English and Spanish editions

If you have a love for one or more of these titles, we hope you’ll volunteer to be a giver! We also encourage you to read (or re-read) some of these titles so they can become conversation starters!

Published in: on November 8, 2012 at 4:43 PM  Leave a Comment  
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James Dean was right, life should be magical.

Just a big shout out to everyone in GB for the fantastic games. Truly, there has never been an Olympiad so marvelous. We just stand in awe of you guys pulling off a perfect Games — in a major world city, financial center, and national capital!

We were all sort of doubting the final marathon course, but it was amazing. And the enthusiasm and support of the great British people for all the athletes and all the sports was just unbelievable.

Magical, Amazing, Wonderful Games!

Published in: on August 13, 2012 at 5:01 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Please, America, Don’t Be “That Guy.”

Tour de France concludes in Paris

Okay, normally we’d just “let it go” at end of a Tour de France, but hey, 2012 London, next stop.  So now is the time — America!!! — to improve our nation’s image in the eyes of the world.

We are going to just tell the truth in love, okay?

The Tour De France is the most popular sporting competition televised. It’s watch by more people in the world than any other sport, every year. Only World Cup soccer and the Olympics get somewhat close viewership stats and they only happen every 4 years! So Tour de France? Important!!

When a rider wins a title at the Tour,  be it King of the Mountains, Best Sprinter, Best Young Rider, or Tour Winner, it’s important. So important that typically some high-up personage, such as an ambassador from the winning rider’s country, shows up to give that rider his award.

The above picture is rider Tejay van Garderen being given Best Young Rider  (aka white jersey) of the tour. And our nation’s representative who is bottom left on the podium and has just given Tejay his crowning achievement? Yeah, that guy in the trainers, baggy shorts and awful t-shirt.

It’s absolutely an insult to the Tour, to Tejay, to the sport of cycling, to France, that this representative of America showed up on the podium as if he was going to a backyard birthday party for his 3 year old.

Every other person on that platform showed up in a manner as befitted the occasion (if not the climate) and that showed respect for the rider. Full make up, jewelry, high heels even! Every other presenter representing a winner’s nation (Wiggins) Britain, (Sagan) Slovakia, (Voeckler) France, wore a suit and tie. America’s representative? OMG?!

Please, please,  at the Olympics, for the sake of any American athletes that do perchance win, if you are asked to hand out a medal or pose on a podium don’t insult your athletes victory, or the Games, or the host country, or  (further) decrease the world’s opinion of Americans by dressing like “that guy.”

(And “That Guy” is probably an incredibly sweet guy who meant well, but  when the rider who just pedaled 120k in 90 degree heat looks better pulled together? Come on.)

Published in: on July 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM  Comments (3)  
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Wishing you all the best for 2012

Well, you’ve done it again.  You’ve wasted another year following FAB’s feckless blog posts. On the plus side, you made it through another year, and you still have a computer and access to electricity <yea!>. 

May the happinesses of the coming year be as effervescent and manifold as the bubbles in your glass and may all your expectations for the new year come true in ways beyond your wildest imagination.

Published in: on December 30, 2011 at 2:02 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Climb every mountain . . . .

There are many holiday movies, and depending on where you are in life, each year a different film might appeal.  This year, we were sitting around Christmas Eve when The Sound of Music came on.

It’s filled with wonderful songs, but this year, the one that really struck a chord (pun intended) was Climb Every Mountain.

Climb every mountain,
Search high and low,
Follow every highway,
Every path you know.

Climb every mountain,
Ford every stream,
Follow every rainbow,
‘Till you find your dream.

The sad truth is, many of us are told to work hard to achieve our dream. But few people stop to mention there are worthy dreams and unworthy ones. What is a dream worth pursuing?  It’s not something we can accomplish, such as fame or wealth, it’s something that

. . .  will need
All the love you can give,
Every day of your life
For as long as you live!

Here’s hoping in 2012, you find your dream, and spend the rest of your life giving it all the love you can give.

Published in: on December 27, 2011 at 2:02 AM  Leave a Comment  
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The block calendar . . . a little hope for today?

For those of you seeking an uplifting block calendar, look no further than the new Hope for Today calendar put out by the Osteens

It does have an unabashedly Christian upbeat bent, but . . . who doesn’t need upbeat these days?  The calendar is a bit difficult to get since so many people enjoy the Osteens minstry, but  try Amazon, Sam’s, or Walmart.

And not to worry, they will all be restocking soon.

Published in: on December 13, 2011 at 5:37 AM  Leave a Comment  
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