She swept the four top slots in 2008's best sellers with her Twilight series about a romance between a girl (mortal) and boy (vampire). P class=inside-copy>In a year when publishers and booksellers struggled with a dismal economy, Meyer carried the holidays, accounting for about one in every five books sold since Thanksgiving. Her dominance has continued this year.P class=inside-copy>"Rowling's achievement over seven (Harry Potter) books remains singular - for now," says Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Lunch, a daily e-newsletter. "But Meyer had an astounding year and played as important a role for retailers."P class=inside-copy>A look at 2008's best sellers shows it was a good year, not just for Meyer, but for fiction. P class=inside-copy>Novels dominated the list: 69% of the books in each week's top 150 were novels, the highest since the list began in 1993. Cader says that with "the country gripped by the election and the economy," publishers had a tough time attracting attention for non-fiction.P class=inside-copy>Other 2008 highlights: P class=inside-copy>•Youth sells:Thanks to Meyer, Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard (No. 8), Christopher Paolini's Brisingr (No. 9), and Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (Nos. 17 and 21), books for "young adults" (generally 12 and up) soared 45% over 2007.P class=inside-copy>•Hurray for Hollywood:New movies boosted 10 titles in the year's top 100, topped by Meyer's Twilight (No. 1) and John Grogan's Marley amp; Me (No. 16).P class=inside-copy>•Obama factor:The president-elect won in an landslide in bookstores. Both The Audacity of Hope and Dreams of My Father were in the top 20.P class=inside-copy>•Oprah effect:Winfrey made only two selections for her book club: Eckhart Tolle's self-help A New Earth (No. 5) and David Wroblewski's debut novel, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (No. 18), but accounted for 3.3% of best sellers - up from 2.2% in 2007, when she picked five titles. P class=inside-copy>•Inspiration inspires:Topped by Tolle and the thoughts of a dying professor, Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture (No. 7), nine titles in the top 100 were self-help, spiritual or inspirational.P class=inside-copy>•Prolific Patterson:James Patterson had eight novels (five written with collaborators) in the top 100, more than anyone else.
"Twilight" Sets Book Sales Records
(USA TODAY) - Stephenie Meyer sold more books in 2008 than any other author (22 million, according to her publisher) and did what no else - not even J.K. Rowling - has done in the 15 years of USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list:
DIV class=inside-copy>(USA TODAY) - Stephenie Meyer sold more books in 2008 than any other author (22 million, according to her publisher) and did what no else - not even J.K. Rowling - has done in the 15 years of USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list: