There are some big changes afoot on the bestseller lists, including the fact that on the USA Today bestseller list, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days has beaten out Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. Pre-sales for the new Stephen King are higher than weekly sales for The Lost Symbol as well.
Kathryn Stockett's The Help is at or near the top of all major lists: New York Times #4, Washington Post #3, Los Angeles Times #2, San Francisco Chronicle #3, Publishers Weekly #3.
In nonfiction Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith is holding top spots everywhere: New York Times #1, Washington Post #3, Los Angeles Times #3 and Publishers Weekly #1. Ted Kennedy's True Compass is still going strong, holding the #1 positions on both the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times.
And from Nielsen Bookscan*, here are some hard numbers:
Jeff Kinney - Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Hardcover)
Unit sales since publication: 507,000
And the low down on the Dan Brown slow down:
The Lost Symbol (Hardcover)
10/18/2009 - 119,000
10/11/2009 - 136,000
10/4/2009 - 214,000
9/27/2009 - 401,000
9/20/2009 - 1,163,000 (week of publication)
Let us know if you would like to see more on what's happening on the bestseller lists and/or more hard numbers on how books are selling.
*Nielsen BookScan's US Consumer Market Panel currently covers approximately 75% of retail sales and continues to grow. BookScan does not track sales from Wal-Mart/Sam's Club or BJ's.