Book Stats

Posted by – May 24, 2007

According to the June Harper’s Index:

  • Minimum number of different books sold in the U.S. last year, as tracked by Nielsen BookScan: 1,446,000
  • Number of these that sold few than 99 copies: 1,123,000
  • Number that sold more than 100,000: 483

They don’t really indicate if they mean these books sold that many copies only in 2006 or if they sold that many up to & including 2006. That said, if these stats stay relatively stable from year to year, My Husband Betty and She’s Not the Man I Married are two of the 322,517 books which sold between 100 and 100k copies.

Personally, I’d like to know how many fall into the between 100 and say, 20k copies, instead.

1 Comment on Book Stats

  1. Sarah Lake says:

    I couldn’t find the original UK Society of Authors survey but this piece summaraizes the plight of mid-list authors pretty well. Hope it helps. I don’t think much has changed. If anything the gap has widened:

    This post-Potter article re: a survey only of Children’s authors may also be of interest:,00.html


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