There is an interesting story in today's New York Times about the rapidly growing best-selling success of the paperback edition of Kim Edward's debut novel The Memory Keeper's Daughter. Despite Library Journal's rave reviews of both the print and audio editions, the hardcover sold only 30,000 copies (wonder how many of those copies were purchased by libraries?). Since it was published at the end of May, the paperback has sold over 114,000 copies, and on July 1 reached the number 1 spot on Barnes & Noble trade paperback best-seller list. What is driving this sudden interest in this book? The Times article cites cheaper paperback prices, word of mouth, and book clubs, but I like to think there are passionate reader's advisory librarians out there who played a major role in promoting this book. Come on, don't be shy. tell me your stories. How many copies of the hardcover did you buy? How well did it circulate? Are you getting patron demand for the paperback?—Wilda Williams .
New Life as a Paperback
By July 13, 2006on