The NY Times reports that consumer spending is down. Bookstores are not immune to this, alas. Looking over the Nielsen Bookscan numbers for JABberwocky over the past couple weeks, a lot of backlist titles seem to have fallen to record low sales weeks. This is not a good thing.
At least here, we are able to enjoy the Charlaine Harris phenomenon. 7 Sookie Stackhouse books on the NY Times list this week, 7 again next week. The odd thing is that this is happening even though the books can be hard to find in stores. It looks like this will begin to settle down in the next week or two; Borders as an example is putting huge reorders in to stock an endcap that will last thru November, and I'm told B&N has floor displays to come. Still, it's been an odd thing the past month to have so many books on the bestseller list without having the visual component of seeing them in large glorious quantity on shelves.