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January 4, 2005

Do You Know This Book?


And could you spell the title without looking?

The news and business analysis site 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 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.
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