Political drama not promoting books prefer it used to


The e-book world has turned the wrong way up in relation to predicting a best-seller.

A 12 months in the past, Michael Wolff’s “Fireplace and Fury” was within the No. 1 spot for the primary half, and never far behind was former FBI director James Comey’s e-book “A Increased Loyalty” at No. 3. Bob Woodward’s “Concern,” which hit within the second half, was additionally an on the spot best-seller.

However whereas the drama in Washington hasn’t let up, it isn’t promoting books the way in which it did final 12 months. Wolff launched his follow-up “Siege” in early June, nevertheless it has but to interrupt into the highest 20 year-to-date.

Delia Owens’ novel ‘”The place the Crawdads Sing,” in the meantime, is the best-selling e-book year-to-date — thanks partly to its choice as a decide final fall by Reese Witherspoon’s e-book membership.

Nonetheless, with Owens’ e-book within the No. 1 spot, Publishers Weekly this week discovered solely six fiction works among the many prime 20 grownup best-sellers this 12 months — and most of the best-sellers really debuted final 12 months.

On the non-fiction entrance, former First Girl Michelle Obama’s e-book “Turning into,” which was a direct No. 1 when it hit in November, seems destined to turn out to be the best-selling memoir of all time.

Obama’s year-to-date gross sales in 2019 had been at 886,611, good for under second place, though her grand complete since debut is 4.5 million.

“Crawdads Sing” has bought 907,192 year-to- date, in response to NPD BookScan, which tracks about 80 p.c of the retail market.

Writer Putnam credit Witherspoon’s Howdy Sunshine Guide Membership for propelling it to a runaway hit.

The one different political-oriented e-book within the prime 10 is Scribner’s model of The Mueller Report at No. 10, with 243,007 bought to this point this 12 months.