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Month-to-Month: Simba's Analysis of Bestseller Trends 2008


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In Month to Month: Simba’s Analysis of Bestseller Trends 2008, the acclaimed monthly Scorecards data from our monthly intelligence publication, Book Publishing Report, is brought together in this briefing to provide an analytical narrative of 2008.

What months saw an increase in the number of fiction titles? What nonfiction did well, and when? The details as well as how and which categories, authors, imprints and titles trended over the course of the year and what was in the lead just can’t be found anywhere else.


  • Introduction
  • Author, Category, Imprint and Title Trends in 2008
  • Case Study of 2008 Author Performance: Stephenie Meyer
  • Case Study of 2008 Category Performance: Romance and Autobiography & Biography
  • Case Study of 2008 Imprint Performance: HarperCollins
  • Case Study of Annual Performance: Oprah Book Club Picks
  • The Months
    • Table Top 20 Titles, January 2008 (out of 469 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, January 2008 (out of 376 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, January 2008 (out of 157 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, January 2008 (out of 72 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, February 2008 (out of 446 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, February 2008 (out of 364 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, February 2008 (out of 144 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, February 2008 (out of 69 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, March 2008 (out of 442 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, March 2008 (out of 357 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, March 2008 (out of 142 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, March 2008 (out of 74 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, April 2008 (out of 475 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, April 2008 (out of 382 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, April 2008 (out of 151 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, April 2008 (out of 82 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, May 2008 (out of 425 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, May 2008 (out of 340 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, May 2008 (out of 131 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, May 2008 (out of 72 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, June 2008 (out of 420 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, June 2008 (out of 336 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, June 2008 (out of 123 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, June 2008 (out of 79 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, July 2008 (out of 441 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, July 2008 (out of 347 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, July 2008 (out of 130 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, July 2008 (out of 79 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, August 2008 (out of 431 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, August 2008 (out of 346 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, August 2008 (out of 133 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, August 2008 (out of 79 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, September 2008 (out of 454 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, September 2008 (out of 375 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, September 2008 (out of 144 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, September 2008 (out of 77 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, October 2008 (out of 492 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, October 2008 (out of 391 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, October 2008 (out of 157 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, October 2008 (out of 79 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, November 2008 (out of 423 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, November 2008 (out of 319 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, November 2008 (out of 143 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, November 2008 (out of 74 total)
    • Table Top 20 Titles, December 2008 (out of 442 total)
    • Table Top 20 Authors, December 2008 (out of 324 total)
    • Table Top 20 Imprints, December 2008 (out of 142 total)
    • Table Top 20 Categories, December 2008 (out of 72 total)

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