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As of approximately 13:30 EST, 28 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

33   
Watchmen  9780930289232 (1995 trade paperback edition)   19.99 / 13.99  

964    Joker  9781401215811    19.99 / 13.99   


Dropped Titles From Previous Weeks

1144    In Odd We Trust  9780345499660    10.95 / 9.85  

1215    Marvel Chronicle  9780756641238    50.00 / 40.00     (Price change)

1281    DC Comics Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded  9780756641191    40.00 / 24.00    Graphic Novel homepage

1407    The Marvel  Comics Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to the Characters of the Marvel Universe  9780756623586    40.00 / 32.00 (price change)

1410    Welcome to the Jungle  9780345507464   19.95 / 15.96   (discount change)

1427    Batman: The Killing Joke  9781401216672    17.99 / 14.39   (discount change)

1534    Naruto, Volume-33  9781421520018    7.95 / 7.15  

1568   
The DC Vault  9780762432578    49.95 / 39.96   (discount change)  

1640    Dark Tower: The Long Road Home (Premiere Hardcover)  9780785135739    24.99 / 19.99   (discount change)      Graphic Novel homepage

2005    
Batman: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth: 15th Anniversary Edition  9781401204259    17.99 / 14.39   (discount change)

2105    Watchmen  9781401219260    (general hardcover edition, 2008)   39.99 / 31.99   (discount change)       

2482   
Fruits-Basket,Volume 21  9781427806826    9.99 / 8.99    

3469    Watchmen: The Absolute Edition  9781401207137    75.00 / 60.00   (discount change)  

4832   
The Absolute Sandman, Volume One  9781401210823    99.00 / 79.20   (discount change)

4703   
The Absolute Sandman, Volume Four  9781401210854   99.00 / 79.20   (discount change)


Other Notable Titles

14   
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last-Straw  9780810970687    12.95 / 9.71

357    Beowulf  9780641962806    8.99 / 1.99    After Holiday Sale

566    Diary of a Wimpy Kid  9780810993136    12.95 / 10.36  

Analysis

Well, the holidays are over, but the selling season continues onward, as retailers hope for Boxing Day shoppers in search of clearance items.  Barnes & Noble has actively marketed this period for many years, hoping to garner sales from gift cards.  In addition to the annual "New Year, New You" displays, there are also the annual clearance sale items of seasonal titles, disappointing sales from major publishers, and various bargain inventory titles which stores cannot return.  The Barnes & Noble website is no different, and offers an "After Holiday Sale", including items not found in the stores, such as home furnishings, toys, action figures, and collectibles.  (Many titles in the Top 100 are "After Holiday" titles.)  

Only two titles are in the Top 1000 this week, although Watchmen is in the Top 100.  (I suspect that Warner Brothers placed a Watchmen movie trailer before "The Spirit", which opened last Thursday.  Given the projected box office, this might not have much of an impact on sales.)

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.)

Tags: barnes & noble, bestsellers, graphic novels
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