Introducing: The Amazon Graphic Novel Bestseller List

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201305070048 Introducing: The Amazon Graphic Novel Bestseller List
by David Carter

[David Carter is a librarian and a bestseller list maker. Every Friday morning he goes to Amazon an makes a bestseller list from their graphic novel listings, which you can read at his blog, Yet Another Comics Blog. David has agreed to let me share his charts here because of there’s one thing Beat readers love it’s sales chart.

As David notes, the Amazon list is a snapshot not a running total, and can be gamed, occasionally. But you can discern trends and see what’s bubbling outside the comics shop environment. In the future I’ll be running only an excerpt of the column, but for this first run, here’s the Top 50 from May 3rd and David’s commentary.]

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Here are the Top 50 Comics & Graphic Novels on Amazon this morning. All the previous caveats apply.


1 (-). Vader’s Little Princess
2 (+5). Darth Vader and Son
3 (N). Injustice: Gods Among Us #16 (Kindle)
4 (-1). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1
5 (-1). The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2
6 (-1). The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7) (Kindle)
7 (+1). The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)
8 (N). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8 (Kindle) *
9 (-7). Injustice: Gods Among Us #15 (Kindle)
10 (-). Saga Volume 1
11 (+3). Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search, Part 1
12 (+9). Big Nate: Game On!
13 (+2). How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
14 (-2). Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls (The New 52)
15 (+3). The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (revised and expanded edition)
16 (-3). Injustice: Gods Among Us #1 (Kindle)
17 (+2). Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6)
18 (+7). Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon
19 (-3). The Walking Dead, Vol. 18: What Comes After *
20 (+2). Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52)
21 (-1). Dork Diaries 5 (Kindle)
22 (+1). Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 6) (Kindle)
23 (+1). The Walking Dead, Vol. 17: Something to Fear
24 (N). Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker *
25 (N). Big Nate: Genius Mode *
26 (R). Injustice: Gods Among Us #14 (Kindle)
27 (+2). The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5) (Kindle)
28 (N). New Moon: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 (The Twilight Saga)
29 (-1). Dork Diaries 4 (Kindle)
30 (-4). Injustice: Gods Among Us #2 (Kindle)
31 (+9). Injustice: Gods Among Us #12 (Kindle)
32 (-5). Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2) (Kindle)
33 (R). Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4) (Kindle)
34 (R). Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4)
35 (+2). Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
36 (+6). Superman: Red Son
37 (-20). Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8 *
38 (-3). Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
39 (-7). Injustice: Gods Among Us #3 (Kindle)
40 (-6). Watchmen
41 (+6). Injustice: Gods Among Us #7 (Kindle)
42 (+2). Avatar: The Last Airbender- The Search, Part 2 *
43 (+3). Injustice: Gods Among Us #13 (Kindle)
44 (-11). The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid 5)
45 (R). Injustice: Gods Among Us #11 (Kindle)
46 (-7). Dork Diaries 3 (Kindle)
47 (R). Injustice: Gods Among Us #8 (Kindle)
48 (-7). Injustice: Gods Among Us #6 (Kindle)
49 (-4). The Walking Dead vol. 1 (Kindle)
50 (-14). Injustice: Gods Among Us #4 (Kindle)


Items with asterisks (*) are pre-order items.

N = New listing appearing on list for first time
R = Item returning to the list after having been off for 1 or more weeks

Commentary:
Jeffrey Brown has the top two slots on the Amazon chart this week. Vader’s Little Princess is #51 on the overall chart this week, while Darth Vader and Son is #104 overall.
Injustice Watch: The latest digital issue debuts at #3 on the chart. There are thirteen Injustice issues on the chart this week, up two from last week.
Also debuting this week are the pre-orders for the Kindle version of Wimpy Kid 8, and Dork Diaries 6 and a new Big Nate collection in print; as well as the latest Twilight Saga graphic novel adaptation.
Dead Watch: Only five Walking Dead collections on the chart this week, down two from last week.
Diary Watch: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries franchises between them take up eleven of the slots on the chart this week, up four from last week.
Kindle Watch: Twenty-three of the chart positions this week are taken up by Kindle editions, up two from last week.

Heidi’s commentary: I didn’t realize that Kindle books were doing so well vs print books on this chart, even stuff like Wimpy Kid which kids must be reading on their parents iPads.

Also…Injustice Gods Among has been doing phenomenally well in digital, hasn’t it?

Comments

  1. For those who are interested in more information on how these charts are compiled, I direct your attention to the post at http://yetanothercomicsblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/about-amazon-top-50-lists.html

  2. Sean Elliott says:

    Re Heidi’s commentary: “… which kids must be reading on their parents iPads. ”
    Or their own (insert brand name) tablets. You’d be surprised at the number of kids who have their own tablets. Or iPhone Touches. Most of my friends who have upgraded their tablets have passed them down to their kids. My 1st iPad is now used exclusively by my 10 yr old nephew who uses it to watch Youtube clips, play video games and read digital books.

  3. Colin says:

    Never thought to look there. The thing I found most interesting is rather than the snapshot data is the number of days different items have been in the chart, which gives you some sense of how well a given title is going over time.

  4. Chris Hero says:

    You’re a monster, David Carter! How dare you support/trash [corporate publisher] with your column!

  5. John Shableski says:

    It is great to see how long the titles have been on the chart. Very helpful in researching the elements that come into play: marketing, publicity, media tie-ins, etc. Mr. Carter, this is really cool.

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