Keyes tops the 'hot 100' as paperbacks feel the R&J pinch

<p>The 100 bestselling paperbacks published in 2009 accounted for 7.6% of all book sales last year, and took just over &pound;84m through UK book retailer tills, according to Nielsen BookScan data. But this was down on last year&#39;s figures when the &quot;hot 100&quot; brought in sales of &pound;97.5m.<br /><br />Fiction was the dominant genre accounting for 77 titles and generating revenue of &pound;69.9m, down from &pound;78,8m last year. Non-fiction generated sales of &pound;11.3m (&pound;15.5m in 2008), while children&#39;s paperbacks brought in &pound;2.9m (&pound;3.2m in 2008). </p><p>Marian Keyes was the number one with a 490,770 sale for <em>This Charming Man</em> (Penguin) in 2009. In 2008, Lindwood Barclay topped the list with <em>No Time for Goodbye</em>, which sold a massive 643,225 copies that year. </p><p>Total paperback sales last year (not just those published in 2009) were down just 0.1% on 2008, but despite the stalwart sales for works by some of the biggest brands in fiction, and some fantastic sales for relative newbies, there was a 2.3% decline in paperback fiction sales, which was undoubtedly due to the decline in influence of Richard &amp; Judy. If you were to strip out R&amp;J&rsquo;s influence from the 2008 and 2009 pb figures, then paperback sales last year would be up around half a percent. Eight of R&amp;J&rsquo;s 2009 recommendations make the hot 100, down from 11 in 2008&rsquo;s comparative list, while sales of R&amp;J&rsquo;s recommended titles fell by 50% year on year.</p><p><a href="../news/109063-transworld-dominates-paperback-chart-of-2009.html" target="_blank" title=" reported yesterday, Transworld saw the most entries in the hot 100 paperbacks of 2009</a>. A total of 16 different titles published by Transworld in paperback during 2009 - written by 13 different authors - took more than &pound;13.3m through UK book retailer tills last year.</p>