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Top 12 Titles for Booksellers

A gentle reminder that what sells may not always fit our personal ideas of what’s “best.”

The 12 Top Titles that Booksellers Must Always Stock
By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent
09 Aug 2008

The 12 books a bookseller simply cannot afford not to stock have been named.

But the list contains no Bible, no Jane Austen titles and no Lord of the Rings.

Rather it is headed by Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

These are the top two publications of a dozen that booksellers must keep on their shelves at all times, according to market research firm Nielsen.

Its BookScan research of 1.8 million titles reveals that only 12 have appeared in the top 5,000 selling books every week for the last decade, making them the most consistent sellers.

Some books on the wide-ranging list might make the odd literary editor weep.

Read the full list here.

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