Saturday, April 9, 2011

Suzanne Collins: Queen of My Top Ten Lists


Ever since I started this blog in November, Suzanne Collins has been a constant presence on my e-book bestseller list, taking top spots for her books The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The Hunger Games is also being made into a movie to be released in March, 2012, so I expect the interest in her books to last until then and beyond.

Since she's such a successful author in the e-format, I went on a quest to learn more. Turns out she's rather media-shy. Her website is informative yet understated, not as flashy as I expected for such a big-name author. Scholastic, her publisher, has a few pages about her and her books, but they don't seem very up to date.

I couldn't find any quotes about Suzanne's thoughts on the e-format and the success of her e-books. I only found a blog post from March, 2010 where blogger "Ereader1" was wondering when Catching Fire would be in e-book format. She contacted Scholastic and asked them. Note that this was just one year ago. Ereader1 wrote, "This morning I received a disappointing email response [from Scholastic]: "At this time, we do not have any plans with ebooks or kindle." Less than 3 months later, on June 1st, the Kindle version of Catching Fire was released. I think it's amazing how fast the publishing industry has changed, and how long they insisted on ignoring/denying the e-book revolution.

If you're a fan of Suzanne Collins and want to learn more, The New York Times Magaine just did a lengthy article about her yesterday.  She also did a Borders Book Club interview which you can watch in full. And check out how her e-books are doing this week on my Kids E-book Bestsellers List.