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Amazon: Hunger Games Has Out-Sold Harry Potter

Growth in digital books helped fuel that

(Newser) - Move over Harry; these days, readers demand Katniss. The Hunger Games trilogy has now outsold the entire Harry Potter series on Amazon, the company announced today. "Interestingly, this series is only three books versus Harry Potter's seven," Amazon's editorial director tells the Wall Street Journal . "... More »

Algorithms Misfire: Amazon Lists Book for $24M

Computer-controlled pricing goes a wee bit out of control

(Newser) - Had you scooped up a copy of The Making of a Fly on Amazon last week, you would have made author Peter A. Lawrence a very happy—and rich—man. It listed for nearly $24 million, thanks to a robot pricing war gone wrong, reports CNN . Blogger Michael Eisen first... More »

Lost Symbol Sets Record in First Day

Da Vinci Code follow-up sells 1M copies in 24 hours

(Newser) - To the surprise of exactly no one, Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code follow-up, The Lost Symbol, is a smash hit, selling, between its hardcover and e-book editions, 1 million copies in its first day on the shelves, the New York Times reports. Amazon and Barnes & Noble both say... More »

Polling Guru Nabs $700K Book Deal

Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight fame will write two tomes

(Newser) - Polling expert Nate Silver, the statistical mastermind behind, has a new number to crunch: $700,000. That’s roughly how much Silver will net in his new two-book deal with Penguin, the New York Observer reports. Silver will pen one tome on the art of prediction, and a... More »

Retail Politics Entangle Book on Obama

Barnes & Noble cuts order over publisher's deal with Amazon

(Newser) - Barnes and Noble says its stores will not stock Obama’s Challenge, a new book outlining a progressive economic agenda for the Democratic candidate, because the publisher cut an exclusive deal with, the Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon’s print-on-demand service will offer the title beginning Monday, while... More »

After 10 Years, Harry Potter Off NYT Best-Seller List

Rowling mainstay, which forced changes in the survey, finally vanishes

(Newser) - As the next edition of the New York Times Book Review goes to press, an era ends—books from author JK Rowling's Harry Potter series, for the first time in 10 years, are nowhere on the best-seller list. More »

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