Publisher Scorecards Year-End 2004: Paperback Fiction

January 2005
Book Publishing Report;1/10/2005, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p6
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The article presents information on the performance of various publishers in 2004. Random House Inc. beat out Penguin Group to grab the top slot in the 2004 paperback fiction category, with 36 titles on the list for a total of 172 weeks. Penguin Group posted 33 titles on the list for 168 weeks. Mystery and suspense titles were the usual hit genres, and romance books boasted solid sales. Dan Brown's backlist paperback titles led the way, while titles from other perennial favorites like Nora Roberts and John Grisham were also big sellers. Books with tie-ins to movies also performed well, led by the Warner-published Nicholas Sparks title The Notebook, which spent nine weeks at No. 1 in 2004.


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