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Harry Potter Dominates the Bestseller List: USA Today Besteller List,...


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold a purported 8 million copies within the first 24 hours but because of deep discounts bookstores made almost nothing on the sales. What it did do, however, was sell alot of other books, mostly Potter related books. In another first, the top 15 is dominated by one author with nearly every entry in the Potter collection selling enough copies to outpace authors like Rhonda Byrne, James Patterson and Nora Roberts.

I had predicted that Linda Howard’s Up Close and Dangerous would debut in the top ten but I had forgotten about Pottermania. It appeared at number 19.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $34.99, No. 1 (debut).
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6), J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $9.99, No. 2 (Peak 1). 93 weeks on list.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Deluxe edition, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic), $65.00, No. 3 (debut).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $6.99, No. 4 (Peak 1). 287 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5), J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $9.99, No. 6 (Peak 1). 169 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $6.99, No. 9 (Peak 1). 249 weeks on the list.
High Noon, Nora Roberts (Putnam), $26.95, No. 10 (Peak 2). Bookscan numbers which don’t include warehouse sales, Wal-Mart or grocery stores are 60,000+ for the week which only serves to illustrate how many more people bought Harry Potter.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $7.99, No. 13 (Peak 1). 259 weeks on the list.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling, art by Mary GrandPrà© (Scholastic), $8.99, No. 14 (Peak 1). 261 weeks on the list.

Up Close and Dangerous: A Novel, Linda Howard (Ballantine), $25.95, No. 19 (debut).
Lean Mean Thirteen, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Press), $27.50, No. 20 (Peak 1).
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever, Julia Quinn (Avon), $7.99, No. 21 (Peak 4).
Twelve Sharp, Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 22 (peak 3 as a paperback release). Paperback release of hardcover

Country Brides, Debbie Macomber (Mira), $7.99, No. 26 (Peak 5).
Angels Fall, Nora Roberts, (Jove), $7.99, No. 30 (Peak 1 – as a hardcover release). Paperback release.
Fool Me Once, Fern Michaels (Zebra), $7.99, No. 31 (Peak 9).
Sandcastles, Luanne Rice (Bantam), $7.50, No. 35 (Peak 19). Paperback release.

Safe Harbor, Christine Feehan (Jove), $7.99, No. 42 (Peak 3).
Scent of Darkness, Christina Dodd, Signet, $7.99, No. 50 (Peak 25).

Last Words, Mariah Stewart (Ballantine), $6.99, No. 52 (Peak 21).
Someone to Love, Jude Deveraux (Atria), $25.95, No. 54 (debut).

Simon Says, Lori Foster, Berkley, $7.99, No. 63 (Peak 26).

Never Deceive a Duke, Liz Carlyle (Pocket), $7.50, No. 80 (debut).
Web of Love, Mary Balogh (Dell), $6.99, No. 86 (Peak 23). (Reissue of out of print title).
Double Take, Catherine Coulter (Putnam), $25.95 No. 87 (Peak 10).

The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart (St. Martin’s Paperbacks), $7.99, No. 102 (Peak 31).
The MacGregors: Robert & Cybil: The Winning Hand and The Perfect Neighbor, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99, No. 123 (Peak 13).

The Summit, Kat Martin (Mira), $7.99, No. 135 (Peak 44).

Blood Red, Heather Graham (Mira), $7.99, No. 140 (Peak 32). This is a good atmospheric vampire story.

Macgregor Brides, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $7.99


Out of the list:

Never Lie to a Lady, Liz Carlyle (Pocket), $7.50, No. 127 (Peak 42).
Cross My Heart, Carly Phillips (HQN), $7.99, No. 132 (Peak 79).
Summer Pleasures: Second Nature\One Summer, Nora Roberts (Silhouette Special Releases), $14.95, No. 141 (Peak 31).
Code Name: Bikini (Code Name), Christina Skye (HQN), $6.99, No. 147 (Peak 71).

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Tilly Greene
    Jul 26, 2007 @ 17:11:48

    Did anyone else blink and miss the fact Jude Deveraux had a new release? It’s a Montgomery, unfortunately it’s another modern/historical romance…I couldn’t get in to her previous time shifting one, maybe when it goes to paperback.

  2. Jane
    Jul 27, 2007 @ 12:10:56

    Tilly – I was going to make some mention about it. I was surprised at how low on the list it was. Usually those authors continue to sell in large numbers.

  3. sherry thomas
    Jul 27, 2007 @ 22:10:20

    I was first going to say that I haven’t read a Deveraux since college. Then I faintly, faintly remember a book about an heiress and the dude her dad hired to protect her which I could have read during my early days as a stay-at-home mom. Sigh. She wrote some memorable books back when.

  4. Tilly Greene
    Aug 02, 2007 @ 13:06:08

    I haven’t bought her contemporaries for some years…there just didn’t seem to be much for me, but at least I looked at them when they were out. She did write some fabulous books – the Montgomery books are great! I think she was seriously let down by her publisher with this release.

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