Only One of the Top 10 Performing Titles on the Canadian English-Language Market in the First Half of the Year Was Frontlist Content
From Publishing Perspectives:
In one of its periodic market research updates released for today’s editions (July 11), BookNet Canada reports that backlist sales have remained dominant in the Canadian market for the first half of this year.
“The bestselling titles of 2018,” writes the BookNet staff from Toronto, “are also topping the lists into 2019.”
Specifically cited titles include Yum and Yummer by Greta Podleski (Granet Publishing) and 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House of Canada) are seen in the leading slots, although they’ve swapped positions since last year’s publication, with Podleski’s cookbook coming out on top in recent months.
The next three top-selling Canadian titles, per BookNet, are all fiction:
- The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson (William Morrow Paperbacks)
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and illustrator Sheila McGraw (Firefly Books, published originally in 1986 with a pop-up edition added in 2017))
- The Quaintland Sisters by Shelley Wood (William Morrow Paperbacks)
Both The Gown and The Quaintland Sisters are historical fiction novels, as BookNet’s memo notes, and Woods’ title is the only book out of all 10 bestsellers that came out in 2019, although The Gown was released on the last day of 2018.
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It’s in that report that we learned that 60 percent of the print sales in English-language titles in Canada in 2018 were from backlist. And that was a second-year trend. In both 2017 and 2018, only 40 percent of sales were from frontlist.
Link to the rest at Publishing Perspectives