January 15, 2009

Stephenie Meyer single-handedly buoys the economy: Sellers basked in 'Twilight' in 2008

Kudos to Stephenie Meyer! USA Today reports the following:

"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: 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).

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.

"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."


See? More evidence that Edward still dazzles even when the economy sucks.

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