North American sales of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ top 2 million copies, UK sales blow past records, all within days of Rowling’s new release.
Swede Self-Publishes Book to Put Kids to Sleep, Becomes Bestseller
A Swedish self-published book, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, uses hypnotism to put kids to sleep and it’s selling, but there’s backlash.
How Do Writers Measure Success in Global Publishing?
Lori Nelson Spielman, an American author, has written books that became global bestsellers — just not in the USA. How should authors measure success?
The Translation That Became a Most Unlikely Bestseller
Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose celebrates 30 years in translation and in print this year — but still confounds even the most erudite readers.
Economists Speak Out on the Success of Piketty’s “Capital”
Why has Thomas Pikkety’s academically-inclined Capital in the Twenty-First Century become one of the top books of 2014? It was the right book at the right time.
Is There a Formula for an International Bestseller?
Some bestselling novels are too culturally specific to resonate with an international audience. Those that are translated will always be subject to readers’ unpredictable whims.
Jobs Bio Breaks Brazilian E-book Records
The e-book version of Steve Jobs’ biography has already become the top-selling e-book ever in Brazil just two weeks after its release.
What Gets a British Children’s Bestseller Banned?
By Dennis Abrams LONDON: With over three million copies sold in the UK alone, it’s safe to say that Robert Muchamore’s CHERUB series is a bestselling phenomenon and Muchamore himself is in high demand as a school speaker. The series consists of 15 YA novels about a group of orphans working for a junior division of the British Security Service. …
What Book Did You Pass Up and Later Regret?
In creative businesses like publishing, it’s hard to predict which books will become bestsellers. Have you passed on a book that later became a success?
Between Shades of Gray: The Making of an International Bestseller
Beth Kephart writes about how Ruta Sepetys’ novel Between Shades of Gray became an international bestseller.