Critical Linking: January 16th, 2015



Led by John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, the top of the 2014 print bestseller list was dominated by children’s and young adult titles that sold more than one million copies. Green’s novel, adapted into a film that premiered in June, sold more than 1.8 million paperbacks last year according to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks approximately 80% of print book sales.

There is a lot to notice in these charts of 2014’s best-selling books, not least of which is how YA simply dominated fiction sales in the US.


And today, The New Yorker debuts the first episode of their new show on Amazon: The New Yorker Presents, complete with a Alfred Hitchcock-esque silhouette on the title card to match the riff on the name of Hitch’s 50s TV program.

The New Yorker has long had a cozy relationship with Amazon, but this docu-series only available on Amazon Prime is a bit more than cozy.


After reading about the store’s search for a new home, siblings Margo and Garth Johnston have offered Slotnick the commercial space in their East Second Street brick townhouse. “Their late mother, Eden Ross Lipson, was the longtime children’s book editor at the New York Times Book Review, and it’s a book-loving family,” Slotnick wrote in a follow-up email to the blog. “Read that again, jaded New Yorkers! These wonderful people read of my plight and reached out to me because, in their eyes, a bookstore is the ideal tenant.”

I wish Nora Ephron were alive to write a play about this story.



  • Readers like the idea of retroactive bundling over point of purchase and are more likely to bundle a backlist book than a frontlist one. 
  • 1 in 7 people will pay an extra 20% of the digital list price in addition to the print price in order to receive both formats. 
  • While men and women are equally interested in bundling, men are two times more likely to pay for a bundled ebook, while women prefer to get their content free.

Interesting stats from BitLit on the habits of their users. Smallish userbase and limited title selection, so probably not indicative of the book buying public at large, but those are the stats that we have so far.