24 April 2012

U is for USA Today Bestseller List

For April I'm Blogging the Alphabet through YA Book Awards!  Find out more Here!

The USA Today Bestseller List is not an award, but many authors consider it an honor nonetheless.  Not quite as prestigious as the New York Times Bestseller List (we'll get to that later), the USA Today Bestseller list has more readership so is still considered quite important by the industry.1 Unlike the NYT List the USA Today list also doesn't have separate categories, so all the books are lumped in together in a list ranking the first 150 books.  This makes it easier to see where a book ranks relative to all other books, not just books in its age category.  YA books have been doing quite well in overall sales.  In fact, as of April 1 the first four books on the list are the Hunger Games trilogy books as #1-3 and the Hunger Games box set as #4, and all have been on the list for months (or years, the Hunger Games has been on the list for the equivalence of over 2 1/2 years).  The other major difference between USA Today and the NYT list is that USA Today has a public calculation of how it decides where to place books,2 the NYT calculations are secret. 

Notable Books from USA Today's Top 100 Booklist as of April 1:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - #1
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins - #2
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - #3
The Hunger Games Boxed Set  by Suzanne Collins - #4
Divergent by Veronica Roth - #54
Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon - #56
Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull - #86
The Son of Neptune: The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two by Rick Riordan - #87
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini - #89
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - #91

1 http://paidcontent.org/article/419-usa-today.com-revamps-books-coverage-bestseller-list/
2 http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/booksdatabase/2011-05-11-about-usa-todays-top-150-books-list_n.htm

1 comment:

  1. I'm not surprised that The Hunger Games are up there despite the fact they were originally published a while ago, because the movie coming out will no doubt have increased awareness of them and revived interest in them. I am a little surprised, however, to see Inheritance on that list. It came out sometime ago didn't it? (I stopped reading that series after book #2). That's interesting...

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