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Sales Numbers
« on: January 26, 2006, 07:20:51 PM »
old thread here

I was checking numbers for the Kingdom Hearts manga today, when I decided to ask about Elantris... You had a great Christmas!

Title Report: Bestseller & Sales History
Author:SANDERSON BRANDON Title:ELANTRIS Publisher:ST MARTINS TR/HOLTZBRINCK Format: Hardcover
Week Ending Week # Weekly Sales YTD Sales
4/24/2005 16 43 43
5/1/2005 17 424 467
5/8/2005 18 454 921
5/15/2005 19 413 1334
5/22/2005 20 407 1741
5/29/2005 21 288 2029
6/5/2005 22 297 2326
6/12/2005 23 234 2560
6/19/2005 24 236 2796
6/26/2005 25 217 3013
7/3/2005 26 198 3211
7/10/2005 27 128 3339
7/17/2005 28 151 3490
7/24/2005 29 114 3604
7/31/2005 30 129 3733
8/7/2005 31 122 3855
8/14/2005 32 115 3970
8/21/2005 33 111 4081
8/28/2005 34 82 4163
9/4/2005 35 90 4253
9/11/2005 36 80 4333
9/18/2005 37 62 4395
9/25/2005 38 64 4459
10/2/2005 39 42 4501
10/9/2005 40 49 4550
10/16/2005 41 33 4583
10/23/2005 42 45 4628
10/30/2005 43 51 4679
11/6/2005 44 31 4710
11/13/2005 45 41 4751
11/20/2005 46 25 4776
11/27/2005 47 102 4878
12/4/2005 48 53 4931
12/11/2005 49 62 4993
12/18/2005 50 65 5058
12/25/2005 51 113 5171
1/1/2006 52 48 5219
Week Ending Week # Weekly Sales YTD Sales
1/8/2006 1 31 31
1/15/2006 2 37 68
1/22/2006 3 42 110
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2006, 05:07:31 AM »
Wow!  Thanks, Ookla.  Looks like we're still hanging on.  I expected sales to be almost nil by now, but they're not bad at all.  
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2006, 05:56:14 PM »
Yeah, only dipped below the Nov. 6 number on one week since then...I'd say that's very good news.
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2006, 03:24:28 PM »
New numbers. Wow!

Title Report: Bestseller & Sales History
Author:SANDERSON BRANDON Title:ELANTRIS Format: Hardcover
Week Ending Week # Weekly Sales YTD Sales
1/29/2006 4 32 142
2/5/2006 5 44 186
2/12/2006 6 23 209
2/19/2006 7 20 229
2/26/2006 8 27 256
3/5/2006 9 13 269
3/12/2006 10 22 291
3/19/2006 11 29 320
3/26/2006 12 24 344
4/2/2006 13 13 357
4/9/2006 14 19 376
4/16/2006 15 15 391
4/23/2006 16 13 404
4/30/2006 17 13 417
5/7/2006 18 16 433
5/14/2006 19 31 464
5/21/2006 20 17 481
5/28/2006 21 11 492
6/4/2006 22 5 497
6/11/200623 3 500
6/18/200624 15 515 5734
Format: MM Paperback
Week Ending Week # Weekly Sales YTD Sales Fantasy Ranking
5/28/2006 21 77 77 0
6/4/2006 22 918 995 33
6/11/200623 1082 2077
6/18/200624 982 3059
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2006, 06:47:31 PM »
Holy cow. That's some nice paperback sales you got there, mister.
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2006, 06:51:59 PM »
I know none of us are very jealous of these numbers.




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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2006, 07:02:16 PM »
Almost a thousand paperbacks in one week?  Am I reading that right?  If so I want my cut.
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2006, 06:42:37 PM »
Ookla, didn't you mention previous that Nielsen Bookscan is normally seventy percent accurate?  I noticed that according to their list, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince sold 7.02 million copies but according to Wikipedia at 13.5 million which could be trash if not for the fact that NB reported it sold 4.1 million first day when it sold 6.9 million.

Point:  Hardcover Elantris might have sold ten, eleven thousand copies?  ???

Paperback sales are incredible right now.  Who knows.  Mistborn 2, an NYT bestseller?  I guess we'll have to wait and see.  And help.
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2006, 07:20:39 PM »
Ya, we all know about the margin of error for the book scan list.  It was debated in the original thread Ookla linked too.
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2006, 11:23:16 PM »
Ookla,

Hey, thanks!  

You seem impressed by the numbers.  Are they good?  I emailed Joshua with them, but I don't know if this is impressive or not, honestly.  I sold over twice as many as I did in hardback, but that isn't really that impressive, since Tor printed around four times as many of the paperback as they did the hardback.  
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2006, 04:10:10 AM »
Paperback sales are usually supposed to be more than hardcover, especially now with the depressed hardcover market. People would just rather pay less for a book, unless they're really really into the author/book and want to have a book that will last a while.
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2006, 07:03:12 PM »
I'm impressed. Maybe I shouldn't be, but then the books I usually work on don't have a hardback version that have been available already for a long time. That many copies sold for a manga would put it in the top 20 (compare that to #33 here), which is pretty good. (We're not getting many series in the top 20 recently... Viz has been spanking us for the last 10 months or so.)
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2006, 05:17:37 PM »
Joshua's response:

Brandon:  If I'd had to guess based on my bookstore research, I was probably
going to say the first week would have been around 1000 copies.  We all want
to have books blowing out in even bigger quantity, but considering how well the
hardcover did, I do think this is a decent first week # for the paperback,
especially if (as my research suggests it should) the numbers hold steady here
for another week or two.  The important thing with the hardcover wasn't the
400+ copies sold the first week, but the 400+ sold the third.  I'd like to see
week #3 for the paperback somewhere over 750.

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One thing he didn't note is the Bookscan 70% mark, which means we sold more around 1400 than a thousand.  Plus, isn't bookscan from Sunday-Saturday?  If so, and the book was released on Tuesday, this was really only a five day span.
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2006, 05:23:22 PM »
In general, yes, Bookscan is about 70%. But I've seen numbers from some small presses that Bookscan actually only hits about 20% of their numbers, so that number can vary widely.
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Re: Sales Numbers
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2006, 09:42:28 PM »
Stacer,

My understanding was that the 70% number was to compensate for the independents, which they can't gather very well.  I figured that they got 100 or 90% on BN and Borders, then much less on the others, which figures out to be 70% overall.
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