Film adaptations boost sales

<p>Film adaptations are continuing to boost sales of the biggest titles, although prize ceremonies such as the Oscars and Baftas have little impact and tie-in covers divide booksellers.</p><p>Proving that the biggest titles attract the biggest sales, Alice Sebold&#39;s <em>The Lovely Bones </em>(Picador), the adaptation of which missed out on any prizes, attracted sales of 1.8 million since its release in August &#39;02 through Nielsen BookScan, which includes a 131,400 sale from the December &#39;09 published film tie-in. </p><p>Lynn Barber&#39;s <em>An Education</em> (Penguin), the film version of which won one Bafta, has sold 12,476 copies of the tie-in edition since October, while the original version has sold 12,059 since June 2009. The film of Christopher Isherwood&#39;s <em>A Single Man</em> also won one Bafta, while 2,162 copies of the Vintage Classics edition, and 4,950 of the tie-in edition, have been sold since January.</p><p>The biggest tie-ins, aside from <em>The Lovely Bones</em>, were children&#39;s titles linked to &quot;The Princess and the Frog&quot;, &quot;The Fantastic Mr Fox&quot; and &quot;Transformers 2&quot;, bringing in total sales of &pound;942,000 combined.</p><p>However, there was some division over the use of tie-in jackets; Tim West of the Big Green Bookshop in north London said: &quot;In general we don&#39;t buy the film tie-ins, mostly because they&#39;re the types of books Waterstone&#39;s and Smith&#39;s sell in bulk in their three-for-two offers. Our customers are much more discerning&mdash;when we have the choice between film and original cover they say they like the original.&quot; While Liz Howard of Curiosity Bookshop in Runcorn added: &quot;Some readers will buy the ordinary cover as they don&#39;t want to be seen around the pool reading one with the film jacket.&quot;</p><p>Book adaptations continue to flourish in 2010, with forthcoming films including &quot;The Ghost&quot; from Robert Harris&#39; novel (Arrow) in April; &quot;Hippie Hippie Shake&quot; from Richard Neville&#39;s memoir (Duckworth) in May; &quot;Eat Pray Love&quot; from Elizabeth Gilbert&#39;s book (Bloomsbury) in September; &quot;The Girl Who Played with Fire&quot; from Steig Larsson&#39;s hit (Quercus) and &quot;Dear John&quot; from Nicholas Sparks&#39; novel (Sphere) in November. </p><p>Also pencilled in are versions of Kazuo Ishiguro&#39;s <em>Never Let Me Go</em> (Faber); <em>Love and Other Impossible Pursuits </em>by Ayelet Waldman (Black Swan), plus &quot;Tamara Drewe&quot; from Posy Simmonds&#39; graphic novel (Jonathan Cape) in 2011. </p>