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Barnes & Noble Graphic Novel Bestsellers 12/21/2008


As of approximately 16:30 EST, 21 December 2008, the following titles were among the top 1000 titles as calculated by www.BarnesAndNoble.com. 

Sales Rank   
Title (with link) and EAN/ISBN      List Price / BN.com Price (without member card)   Notes

156   
Watchmen  9780930289232 (1995 trade paperback edition)   19.99 / 13.99   Holiday Gift Guide

208   
DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded  9780756641191    40.00 / 24.00   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

391    The Marvel  Comics Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe  9780756623586    45.00 / 31.50   Holiday Gift Guide

549   
Joker  9781401215811    19.99 / 13.99   

943    Watchmen  9781401219260    (general hardcover edition, 2008)   39.99 / 27.99   Holiday Gift Guide

998   
Marvel Chronicle  9780756641238    50.00 / 35.00


Dropped Titles From Previous Weeks

1030     The DC Vault  9780762432578    49.95 / 34.96   Holiday Gift Guide

1147     Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (Premiere Hardcover)  9780785135739    24.99 / 17.49   Holiday Gift Guide   Graphic Novel homepage

1211     Batman: The Killing Joke  9781401216672    17.99 / 12.59

1246     Welcome to the Jungle  9780345507464   19.95 / 13.96   

1294    
Naruto, Volume-33  9781421520018    7.95 / 7.15  

1405    
In Odd We Trust  9780345499660    10.95 / 9.85   Holiday Gift Guide

1895    
Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: 15th Anniversary Edition  9781401204259    17.99 / 12.59 

2018    Fruits-Basket,Volume 21  9781427806826    9.99 / 8.99     Holiday Gift Guide   

3190    Watchmen: The Absolute Edition  9781401207137    75.00 / 52.50   Holiday Gift Guide

3659    
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One  9781401210823    99.00 / 69.30

4330    
The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four  9781401210854   99.00 / 69.30


Other Notable Titles

18   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last-Straw  9780810970687    12.95 / 9.71

81    Diary of a Wimpy Kid  9780810993136    12.95 / 10.36   Holiday Gift Guide

173    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book  9780810983748    10.95 / 8.76

233    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick-Rules  9780810994737    12.95 / 10.36

347   
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes  9780740748479    150.00 / 105.00   

505    The Complete Far Side  9780740721137    150.00 / 105.00   

910    Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat  9780740722998    9.98 / 8.98    (repackaged Bargain title)    

Analysis

Thursday, December 18, was  the last day to order books for arrival before Christmas.  Friday, a banner ad offered free shipping before Christmas for all purchases over $75, and today the ad offers free deliver by Christmas for all purchases over $100.  I suppose these dollar amounts cover the cost of expeditied shipping.  This might encourage browsers to buy more, or it might encourage them to shop at their local Barnes & Noble store.

Deluxe editions are selling nicely, with the Absolute Sandman, Watchmen Absolute Edition, the Complete Calvin and Hobbes, and the Complete Far Side all posting nice numbers.  (The Harry Potter gift set, a collection of all seven hardcover editions, is currently #70, with an online price of $146.50.)

Methodology

From the home page of BarnesAndNoble.com, I search by the phrase "graphic novels".  Once that search loads, I select the "bestsellers" link located beneath "Browse Graphic Novels".  I then scan the first fifty titles as BN.com does not list the titles by rank.  If I find any titles posted at #30-50, I then meticulously scan the next fifty titles.  (There is also a "Current Bestsellers " panel on the right-hand side of the Graphic Novels homepage.  That listing does not correlate to the Sales Rank listed for each title, so I do not make note of it, as I do not know their methodology.)
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