From The Wall Street Journal:
Donna Tartt’s novel “The Goldfinch” opens with a series of gloomy scenes—a museum bombing, the death of the narrator’s mother, and the theft of a 17th–century painting. The word admirers often use to describe it is “Dickensian.”
But the book has brought only good news to publisher Hachette Book Group, giving the publisher a much-needed boost this summer as it weathers the fallout from a lengthy e-book contract dispute with Amazon.com Inc.
“The Goldfinch” has been on the New York Times’ best-seller list for 43 weeks since publication last October. Its staying power has translated into sales of 583,000 hardcover copies, according to Nielsen BookScan, although total hardcover sales have now likely topped 600,000 including sales not measured by Nielsen.
That’s a hit by any standard, and would have put it on Publishers Weekly’s top 10 list for best-selling fiction in hardcover for all of 2013.
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[T]he dispute [with Amazon] hasn’t crippled the publisher. The Hachette Book Group generated about €226 million ($300 million) in the U.S. and Canada in the first half of the year, up 5.6% compared with the same period of 2013, according a filing made by French parent Lagardère SCA. Among the factors Lagardère cited for the gain were sales of “The Goldfinch” and “The Silkworm,” written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Hachette fiction best sellers this summer include new titles by James Patterson, Elin Hilderbrand, David Baldacci, as well as Ms. Rowling’s work, which published in mid-June. Those four authors also wrote best sellers that Hachette published in the summer of 2013. But a difference-maker this season has been “The Goldfinch,” which ranked No. 5 on the New York Times hardcover fiction best-seller list in the issue of the Book Review dated Aug. 31.
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And unlike many new Hachette titles caught in the crossfire of the e-book dispute, “The Goldfinch” is being offered at a significant discount on Amazon. As of Sunday the online retailer was selling the hardcover edition for $18, a 40% discount from the cover price, and shipping it immediately. The Kindle e-book was priced at $6.99. Both were cheaper than the same editions offered at Barnes & Noble’s online store.
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