resembled what this pole reflects, so I thought I’d spend a few minutes looking at what sells here.
Granted, I will have to accept quite a large margin for error. For instance, the poll includes those who say they read at least one book in an average year while mine will include every book purchased in a year, although I did eliminate all local, event, and bulk order titles which would skew the results. Only the genres of the pole were included but that even leaves room for debate. Stephenie Meyer and Harry Potter are classified as young adult in my system, although I have sold just as many (if not more) to adult readers. We don’t have a separate “chick lit” category, so we just used a “fiction” category. Literature for us includes only classics, the rest are included in fiction.
By now you have probably figured out that my pole in no way, shape, or form reflects the Harris Pole.
Types of books read in the past year
Notice just for fun we used our totals and then broke it down based on new or used
Total New Used
Mystery Fiction Mystery
Romance Mystery Romance
Fiction Romance Western
Science Fiction Science Fiction Fiction
Western Literature Science Fiction
Graphic Novels Graphic Novels Graphic Novels
Literature Westerns Literature
Probably the largest variable not yet mentioned is availability. If we do not have a certain author, title, or genre, we will order it for our customers. Most likely we would sell more of a title on the shelf, though. Of course we order what we sell so maybe that variable isn’t as great as first presumed. Moving on…
For non-fiction we just eliminated “other non-fiction”. What is “other non-fiction” exactly? Did they include cooking, gardening, pets, parenting, reference books, sports, travel? Who knows. Easier to just dump it.
Total New Used
History History History
Biographies Biographies Biographies
Religion Self Help Religion
Self Help Religion Self Help
True Crime Political True Crime
Business True Crime Business
Political Business Political
What I found interesting is that in their poll the number of people who read fiction and those who read non-fiction are pretty even. Here it’s not even close. We sell a lot more fiction. Do we sell more fiction because we stock more fiction or do we stock more fiction because we sell more fiction? The number of non-fiction titles stocked has been reduced over the years based on sales so that answers that question.
The number one author on their poll is Stephen King, followed by James Patterson, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, and Tom Clancy. Remember, this is based on them asking “who is your favorite author” with no regard to what was picked up at a garage sale or borrowed from a friend. Once again taking out local favorites, bulk orders, special events, and my personal opinion; our list isn’t that different. Stephen King didn’t rate quite as high, but James Patterson and Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb did along with Fern Michaels, Nicholas Sparks, and Debbie Macomber.
So there you have it, my not so scientific findings thrown together in a few minutes for no other purpose other than my amusement. Enjoy!