Beware the Ides of March…
…as well as men who weren’t born. And Ents. And Triffids. Brrr….
If we analyze the entrails of the Internet, might we prophesize what is to come? Is the past prologue? Is it all tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow? A walking shadow? Well, if this shadow has offended, let me know.
Here’s a snapshot of what was selling over on Barnesandnoble.com on March 15th, at approximately 6 PM. For simplicity’s sake, I’m only listing those titles which chart above #1000 for all books on BN.com . This is the order they were displayed, so rankings might be a bit disorganized. I have no understanding how their algorithms work, I’m just reporting what I saw. The dates after the title are when that particular edition was published. Titles and authors link to BN.com .
Another overall bestseller! Even more impressive, this is the 1088-page hardcover with a $60 cover price (currently discounted 44% on BN.com). As I type this, it ranks #22 overall. It collects the first forty-eight issues.
The relaunch continues to steamroll! Volume 5 ranks #487 on pre-orders, and Volume 6, due in July, ranks #65,135.
The regular $35 hardcover. (All “Book” editions listed below are hardcovers.)
The ranking goes volumes 1, 5, 4, 6, 3, 2, 7.
The e-book edition ranks #12,515
(So, when will the other bestselling authors begin adapting their works to graphic novels? How many parents would buy a “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” graphic novel for their kids?)
Educational comics? Since this is March, these sales are most likely not from university reading lists.
by Alan Moore
by Kazu Kibuish
Kids are reading graphic novels! This is the first juvenile full-color graphic novel on the list.
The first trade paperback. All hardcovers except Volume 7 sell better than the paperbacks. This volume is part of Book Six above, so it’s not a result of people buying the paperbacks which have not yet been collected in hardcover.
The lowest selling hardcover. Seeing how the other hardcovers are selling way better than the trade paperbacks, Image should announce Book Eight immediately!
Also, they might want to flip the publishing order, putting out the hardcovers first, then six months later the first half in paperback, and a year after the hardcover, the second half.
I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010.
I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994.
I’m a bookseller, a librarian, an amateur scholar, a cool uncle, and a comics evangelist.
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