Publishing operates under a shroud of secrecy, making even the simplest questions — like which books are best-selling this week — impossible to answer definitively. Amazon, in particular, protects its data, and because they control so much of the market, trying to come to a conclusion without those numbers will always be inaccurate.
That’s where this combined list of bestsellers comes in. Each week, I compile bestsellers on four of the most popular lists: The New York Times, both the Combined Print & E-Book Fiction and Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction lists; Amazon Charts, fiction and non-fiction; USA Today; and Publishers Weekly. They all use their own criteria and data, but I grade the titles on several lists in the hopes that this will give us a broad overview of the best-selling books of the moment.
This week includes a lot more overlap than usual, and there aren’t many surprises here. In fact, so many of these titles have been on this list for many weeks (Truth is 70 weeks away from being on the NYT bestseller list) I’ve bolded new additions so you can find them more easily. Even the new titles are almost all from extremely established authors, like David Baldacci, Nelson DeMille and Jodi Picoult.
Unsurprisingly, then, this bestseller is also mostly (entirely?) white, showing that while more diverse books may be released now than in the past, that doesn’t mean they’re getting the same marketing push as the well-known white authors. .
Books on the four bestseller lists:
long shadows by David Baldacci (NYT #1, USA Today #2, Publishers Weekly #4, Amazon #5)
The labyrinth by Nelson DeMille (NYT #2, USA Today #3, Publishers Weekly #10, Amazon #7)
Truth by Colleen Hoover (NYT #3, USA Today #5, Publishers Weekly #3, Amazon #2)
It ends with us by Colleen Hoover (NYT #4, USA Today #4, Publishers Weekly #2, Amazon #4)
Fairy tale by Stephen King (NYT #5, USA Today #8, Publishers Weekly #8, Amazon #3)
Man of confidence by Maggie Haberman (NYT #1, USA Today #9, Publishers Weekly #6, Amazon #2)
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