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Friday, November 11, 2011

Good figures, but not as good as in 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — The conclusion to Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance" fantasy cycle sold nearly 500,000 copies on its first day of release, one of the year's best openings, but a drop from Paolini's previous book.

Random House Children's Books announced Thursday that the combined hardcover, audio and e-books sales for Paolini's "Inheritance" was 489,500. The fourth and final book of his million-selling series came out Tuesday. The third "Inheritance" novel, "Brisingr," was released in 2008 and sold 550,000 copies on its first day. Random House spokeswoman Judith Haut attributed the decline to the downfall of the Borders superstore chain, which went out of business earlier this year.

As of Thursday afternoon, "Inheritance" was No. 1 on's best seller list, displacing the long-running leader, Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs."


Vanda Symon said...

We added to his sales figures (-:

Joan Druett said...

Are the books good reading? I enjoy YA books as they are often so well written and are blessedly succinct. But Paolini has passed by me unnoticed until now. Have you read any of the Alex Rider (Ryder?) series? A junior James Bond. The first few were page-turners, and then the author got bogged down. As they do.