Publisher’s Weekly has a nice summary that examines how well the publishing industry did in 2008. Out of the six major publishing houses, Random House sits pretty with the most hardcovers sold in 2008 (21.7%) with Simon & Schuster ranked second on the list with 18.5% share of sales.
Many of the authors whose books moved well last year include yeah, John Grisham (who had both a hardcover and paperback on the bestseller list), Stephenie Meyer (thanks to the movie), and a couple of Oprah picks (The Story of Edgar Sawtelle).
Let’s hear it for the imprint at Hatchette Group, Windblown Media, who hit a home run for it’s release of The Shack by William P. Young (must look that one up). The article goes on to list how each imprint did in sales. I guess what surprises me is that there was an increase in sales for hardcovers and non-fiction (well, not so surprising). Of course trades still are doing better than mass market paperbacks (why?).
Anyway, this was an interesting article breakdown of Publisher’s Weekly sales and a good sample of what everybody read last year. Of course, looking over the list and being not much of a non-fiction reader, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, is the only book on the list(s) that I actually read. However, I do own a first edition copy of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.