ONLINE & ON-AIR
James Browning, author of
the boarding school novel The
Fracking King (Little A/New
Harvest), lists the 10 best
boarding school novels.
Chris Weitz: ;lm director,
actor—and now YA author.
How Christian publishers are working the
The Silkworm (LB/Mulholland), the new mystery from J.K. Rowling, writing as Robert Galbraith, debuts at #4 on our Hardcover
Fiction bestseller list, having sold just over 21,000 print copies
in its ;rst four days on sale. The book is one of the more high-pro;le titles to be caught up in the Amazon-Hachette dispute
(see “Is Amazon Really the Devil?,” June 9); it was unavailable
for preorder on Amazon and there were signi;cant shipping
delays on the print edition, which took a bite out of print unit
sales. And while a #4 spot on the bestseller list would be
a fantastic debut position for almost any
author, for Rowling, it’s a rather weak start.
Granted, The Cuckoo’s Calling, the ;rst Galbraith novel, sold all of 87 copies its ;rst
week on sale. But sales skyrocketed after it
was discovered that Galbraith is a pseudonym
and Rowling was unmasked as the book’s
author. Here are the debut sales ;gures for
each of Rowling’s past few books, including
the aforementioned sales spike for Cuckoo.
Bestseller Stat Shot
Paul Raeburn discusses his new book,
Do Fathers Matter?
Plus, PW editorial
director Jim Milliot
provides a rundown of
our new ranking of the
world’s largest publishers in 2013.
And be sure to check out our
extended coverage of the annual
global publisher ranking, including
pro;les of each company.
“How will the Cross Word Puzzle craze react
on the radiocasting industry?” asked PW in
the July 5, 1924 issue. More archival gems
and book-world ephemera can be found at
A bookseller’s tips on how to
talk about Amazon with
Author Karen Harrington
discusses her new middle-grade novel, Courage for
Beginners (Little, Brown), and
how she balances dark and
hopeful elements in her stories.
More to Come
On the booming growth in the pop culture
The Week Ahead
Is bigger better? PW senior
writer Andrew Albanese on
Hachette’s acquisition of
The most-read review on
week was Boy on Ice: The Life
and Death of Derek Boogaard,
by John Branch (Norton).
SOURCE: NIELSEN BOOKSCAN
The Silkworm 21,318
The Cuckoo’s Calling 65,968
The Casual Vacancy 154,720
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 5,088,184
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