17 of the titles on this week's list belong to the world's largest trade publisher. A winning combination of factors, from movie tie-ins and big-name authors to popular reissues, is helping push Penguin Random House's titles into readers' hands and up the rankings.
Gayle Forman's If I Stay rounds out its fifth week in the No. 1 spot, after ending The Fault in Our Stars's twelve-week run. In other words, it's been some time since other publishers significantly edged out Penguin Random House titles on the best-seller list.
All it takes is a quick glance at the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List on any given week to see how a TV or movie adaptation boosts best-selling ebook sales. But once in a while the effect is especially pronounced.
Both Gayle Forman's novel and John Green's are published by Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade publisher. This week, half of the top 25 titles belong to Penguin Random House, many of them in the list's upper reaches.
Pushing John Green's The Fault in Our Stars aside in order to assume the No. 1 rank Green's novel held for twelve straight weeks, If I Stay is also a title buoyed up by aggressive promotional efforts ahead of the August 22 release of a film adaptation based on the novel.
The International Thriller Writers motto is "Innovate Never Imitate," and part of the organization's mission statement "is to provide a way for successful, bestselling authors to help debut and midlist authors advance their careers."
The potential for violence lives within all of us, and I'm no exception. Violence in my novels is contrived--it's pure fiction--but reflects a core truth about human nature. It's never meant to be gratuitous, but rather serves the story.
Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Last Templar. Born in Lebanon, Raymond and his family were evacuated from Beirut's civil war, and fled to New York when he was 14.
Some of the most quintessential depictions of the American land and people arise from a particular eye: the eye of the outsider, who can see the boundaries of Americanness invisible to the native-born.
America has a macho problem. Too much of our culture is informed by the idea of manhood being defined by toughness. We love the idea of the bad ass as the good guy, doling out physical justice to those who have it coming.
15 Seconds is a revenge story -- in reverse. Here, the good guy is receiving and the bad guy is delivering the revenge, gruesome revenge. What makes the story work so well is the compassion you may feel for the killer, as twisted as he is.
Some people want me to stick to gossip but frankly, I can't. There isn't any gossip right now worth going on about. At least, the political game has been lively and the principle players are all fascinating, even the ones I find kind of weird.