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Tina Fey's 'Bossypants' sells over a million copies, proving she can do no wrong

BOSSYPANTSWhether it’s showing up to the Emmys looking like this only five weeks after giving birth, or personifying the 90’s a bit too well, Tina Fey has proven she can do anything. It’s no surprise she went platinum — by selling more than a million copies of Bossypants, not by dyeing her hair to play younger roles — despite her book cover’s off-putting (or fascinating) hairy man-arms. Since its release back in April, the book of funny essays has claimed the top spot on the New York Times best-seller list for five weeks, and has appeared on the list for 23 consecutive weeks in total. On the most recent chart, it appears at number six. Next thing you know, she’ll be EGOTting. Or PEGOTing, in case this whole book writing thing continues to work out for her.

The reasons for the book’s ongoing popularity are pretty easy to see. READ FULL STORY

Should books get sales certifications like albums/singles do?

Publishers are notoriously cagey when it comes to announcing sales figures of books, but what if books got sales RIAA-style certifications (gold, platinum, diamond) the way hot albums and songs do in the music industry? It might be interesting for readers to know how the bestsellers truly stack up next to each other in sales. Having concrete benchmarks like these could add some competition and swagger to an industry that can be seen as down-market and somewhat sleepy. According to Publishing Perspectives, Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, who recently posed this question, argued that “honorifics would help customers know what books had sustained long-term interest with readers and would, ultimately, aid in discovery and spur even more sales.”

For most authors who don’t regularly top the bestsellers lists, the idea of sales info going public is nerve-racking. When Amazon announced in December that they’d give authors free access to Nielsen BookScan’s weekly geographic sales figures (previously hidden behind a paywall costing thousands a year), some authors spoke out against the idea. YA author Christine Johnson tweeted, “Amazon gives authors access to Bookscan numbers. In other news, thousands of authors go on automatic suicide watch.” READ FULL STORY

Borders files for bankruptcy

Borders-bookstoreAfter years of flagging sales, bookstore giant Borders announced today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. “It has become increasingly clear that in light of the environment of curtailed customer spending, our ongoing discussions with publishers and other vendor related parties, and the company’s lack of liquidity, Borders Group does not have the capital resources it needs to be a viable competitor,” reads a press release on the company’s website, READ FULL STORY

Obama speech prompts sales bump for book featuring Tucson victim

Sales for a photo book  featuring a young girl killed in the Tucson shootings last weekend have jumped dramatically following a mention in a speech Wednesday by President Obama, AP reports. Faces of Hope features photographs of 50 babies born on Sept. 11, 2001, one of whom was nine-year-old victim Christina Green. After Obama’s speech at the University of Arizona last night, the book jumped 8,134 spots on’s bestseller list and by this morning was in the top 200. Faces of Hope, published by HCI Books,is currently out of stock, but the publisher says a new printing is imminent.

Republicans rule 'New York Times' best-seller list

It’s a Red State book bonanza! Sarah Palin’s new book, America by Heart, debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list, but failed to dislodge George Bush from the top spot. Decision Points remained No. 1 for the third week in a row, and publisher Random House reports to that they’ve sold 1.5 million total copies of the ex-president’s memoir.

Read more:
Sarah Palin’s publisher, Gawker settle leak dispute
Sarah Palin calls ‘American Idol’ contestants ‘talent deprived’
Bill Clinton gives a rave review to George W. Bush memoir
George W. Bush’s book ‘Decision Points’ gets a cover and a release date

What's the last book you bought?

Want to know who’s buying books these days? Well, consumer marketing firm Bowker has just released its 2009 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Report --and it’s pretty interesting. Here’s their summary:

  • More than 40% of Americans over the age of 13 purchased a book in 2009 and the average age of the American book buyer is 42.
  • Women lead men in overall purchases, contributing 64% of sales. Even among detective and thriller genres, women top 60% of the sales. Where do men catch up? Fantasy titles are purchased evenly by men and women.
  • Baby Boomers spend. The boomer generation is the largest purchasing generation, making up 30% of sales. Their elders contribute 16%.
  • More income doesn’t mean more book purchases. 32% of the books purchased in 2009 were from households earning less than $35,000 annually, and 20% of those sales were for children’s books.
  • Americans like people. The biggest selling nonfiction genre is biography.

So, Shelf Lifers, where do you fit in all this? How many books do you buy a year on average? What’s the last book you bought?

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