Sunbury Press experienced its best February yet, after seeing sales decline slightly in 2012 versus 2011, as eBooks cannibalized print. Sales for February 2013 were up 59% over the prior year, with growth in eBooks outpacing growth in print. “We are off to a fantastic start this year,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr. “Sales are up 54% year-to-date. EBook sales are nearly double last year, and 9x 2011 during the same period. Our best-seller sold more units as an eBook for the first time.”
Sunbury has decided to stop reporting separate rankings for print and eBooks, instead combining the unit totals.
“There is Something About Rough & Ready: A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley” ranked #3, as regional sales continued to be brisk.
“Rockabilly Rebel: Known and Unknown Stars I’ve Known”, Mack Allen Smith’s recollection of the numerous musical talents he interacted with during his Rock-a-Billy Hall-of-Fame career, was #4 thanks to regional bookstore sales.
Lane Heymont’s debut novel “The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff” jumped to #5 out of the gate thanks to a steady stream of author appearances and media coverage.
Jess Steven Hughes’ novel “The Sign of the Eagle,” set in ancient Rome, was #6 in unit sales.
Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” held 7th thanks to those seeking the truth about Amelia’s disappearance.
Robert Miller’s “The Cogan Legend,” a novel set in antebellum Pennsylvania, ranked 8th thanks to author activity.
“Flying Courage,” a children’s story written by Amanda Brown and illustrated by Jose Archeval, climbed to 9th thanks to author appearances.
“Hour 30,” Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s testimonial about life in medical school continued to sell well, holding #10.
Following are the top overall print sellers by category:
History / Memoir – “The Hidden Legacy of WW2” by Carol Schultz Vento
Fiction – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Horror/Mystery – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Children/YA – “Flying Courage” by Amanda Brown
The Arts – “Contemporary Photo Impressionists” by T K McCoy
Self-Help – “Linnea’s Kitchen” by Linnea Jepson
Metaphysical/Spiritual – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis
The company released five new titles during the month of February:
“The Hackman Story” by Dorothy Elaine Grace and Lawrence Knorr
“The Mouse with the Broken Tail” by Dan Shutters
“The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff” by Lane Heymont
“Spiritual Body or Physical Spirit?” by Philip Benjamin
“We Were Beautiful Once” by Joe Carvalko
For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
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