January 4, 2005
Do You Know This Book?
And could you spell the title without looking?
The news and business analysis site ICv2.com takes a quick look
at the bookscan numbers for comics publications sold in bookstores in 2004. The first volumes of Viz's Rurouni Kenshin
and Tokyopop's Fruits Basket
were #1 and #2 in units sold. In the Shadow of No Towers
and Fantagraphics' first Peanuts
collection were #1 and #2 in dollars sold.
Smaller, generally alternative book publishers have often disputed the Bookscan numbers because they feel they vastly under-represent indy booksellers where a good chunk of their products are bought. It's still a pretty good snapshot of mainstream book-selling America.
Additional kudos to ICv2.com for remembering to talk about format in their piece, something I think some people avoid because it may be seen as some sort of dismissal of content, which shouldn't be the case.
posted 6:55 am PST
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