Origin rules the charts across formats - for the week ending 7th October, it claimed both the print and e-book number ones. This is a rarer occurrence than you might think - only Paula Hawkins, with both The Girl on the Train and Into the Water, and Jojo Moyes, with After You, have managed it. Dan Brown is breaking glass ceilings for male authors in the digital chart.
With the e-book just 12p cheaper than the hardback, it’s likely that Robert Langdon fans are simply plumping for an easier (and lighter) way to carry a 480-page book around. Brown’s readers are not known for their patience, hence his record first-week sales for an adult fiction title and, in Inferno’s case, the hardback outselling the paperback. Therefore a cheaper e-book price is pretty much a moot point.
Incredibly, Origin could be about to seal Brown his first number one in the Monthly E-Book Ranking - the chart launched in June 2013, a scant two months after Inferno’s release, and the inaugural ranking featured the fourth Robert Langdon title in second place. The film tie-in edition of Inferno had an excellent run in the weekly chart last autumn, but couldn’t defeat the blockbusting The Girl on the Train. But finally, Origin’s release might see Brown getting some of the sales recognition he deserves.
A long sleigh to go...
Sarah Morgan’s Moonlight Over Manhattan sounded the Christmas alarm (jingle bells?) in the weekly ranking, nearly topping the tree in second place, with Sarah Bennett’s Christmas at Butterfly Cove and Jane Linfoot’s Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop in sixth and seventh place respectively. Penny Vincenzi’s A Question of Trust also charted in fifth place, in a stellar week for romantic fiction.
Both non-fiction and kids’ titles are rare in a chart dominated by adult fiction, but with big releases every week in October, normal rules don’t apply. Adam Kay’s medical memoir This is Going to Hurt spent a fourth week in the chart, in ninth, while Sarah Millican’s How to be Champion entered the ranking in 19th - the only title from that week’s Hard- back Non-Fiction chart to feature.
US children’s author Rick Riordan is almost an e-book chart staple: Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead is his fourth book in a row to chart.
|2||1||Moonlight Over Manhattan||Sarah Morgan||HQ||1474057615||£4.49|
|3||3||A Column of Fire||Ken Follett||Macmillan||1447278764||£16.99|
|4||1||Kill the Father||Sandrone Dazieri||Simon & Schuster||1471154133||£3.99|
|5||1||A Question of Trust||Penny Vincenzi||Headline||0755377664||£11.99|
|6||1||Christmas at Butterfly Cove||Sarah Bennett||HQ||0008228118||£2.99|
|7||1||Christmas Promises at the Little Wedding Shop||Jane Linfoot||HarperImpulse||0008260651||£2.49|
|9||4||This is Going to Hurt||Adam Kay||Picador||1509858644||£14.99|
|10||5||The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye||David Lagercrantz||Quercus||0857056443||£8.99|
|11||5||The Break||Marian Keyes||Michael Joseph||1405918770||£9.99|
|12||17||Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine||Gail Honeyman||HarperCollins||0008172138||£6.99|
|13||9||The Keeper of Lost Things||Ruth Hogan||Hodder & Stoughton||1473635494||£3.99|
|14||1||Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead||Rick Riordan||Puffin||0141342610||£8.99|
|15||1||Agatha Raisin and the Witches' Tree||M C Beaton||Little, Brown||1472117380||£8.99|
|16||5||The Seagull||Ann Cleeves||Macmillan||1447278375||£14.99|
|18||14||Career of Evil||Robert Galbraith||Little, Brown||0751563603||£4.99|
|19||1||How to be Champion||Sarah Millican||Orion||1409174332||£9.99|
|20||11||The Girl in the Spider's Web||David Lagercrantz||Quercus||1848667778||£3.99|
Data is for week ending 7th October 2017
Titles with a selling price below £2 are excluded, as are titles priced £4.50 or below with any print versions priced above £17.99. Participating publishers: PRH UK, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster and Bonnier. WKS the number of weeks in chart. DLP digital list price.