Saturday, June 16, 2012

Who's the Next Blockbuster Author in E-Format?

Ever since I started this blog in November, 2010, The Hunger Games books have been dominating the top spots in the most popular stores on the Kids' Ebook Bestseller List. Occasionally, another author has broken through to the number 1 position. In the last 6 months of my lists, James Patterson's Witch and Wizard and Erica O'Rourke's Torn have leapt over the Hunger Games barrier to number 1, and then only briefly. Last week, Life of Pi by Yann Martel took the number 1 spot in the Barnes and Noble Teens section, but this week Mockingjay has taken its place.

But eventually the four-book wall of The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay/ The Hunger Games Trilogy is bound to crumble. Who will be the next big number one author? I don't pretend to predict the future, but I can tell you what I've noticed from week to week. 

Veronica Roth has two books, Divergent and Insurgent, that are both strong top tens in most of the stores: Amazon, B & N, Google, iBooks and Sony.  According to Veronica's website, her second book Insurgent wasn't released until May 1st, yet it was already in the top ten of Children's and Young Adult e-books on Amazon on as early as April 20th (probably due to pre-orders). And a third book is expected to complete the trilogy, although I don't see a title or expected release date. 


Cassandra Clare is another author to watch. Last spring, City of Fallen Angels was a frequent visitor to the Kids' Ebook Bestseller List, and now City of Lost Souls is in the top ten at Amazon, B & N, iBooks and Sony. This is the fifth book in what will be a series of six, called The Mortal Instruments series. And check out her publicity at the recent Book Expo America -- her main character is a "shadowhunter", so that and her name are on the BEA stairs. See her website for more info on these popular books. 

Keep coming back to and we'll see what the future holds!