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    Does anyone have sales figures about Stephen King books?

    I was reading a french anthology, and in the "news" part of this anthology, it was written that Publishers Weekly recently published a list of the authors that sold the most books in the 90s (so a decade).
    In the order, was John Grisham, Stephen King (38.3 million books), then Danielle Steel (close from King).
    The article was from 2000, but i dont have it.

    [edit : it's available on CNN's website : http://edition.cnn.com/1999/books/ne...ers/index.html ]

    I was wondering if Publishers Weekly published a similar listing regarding 2000s?
    And... any more figures, for instance, 70-90s? :-)
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    Some of the articles in the Catalog have sales figures, but I haven't seen a current and or accurate list.
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    Here's what my records say for the trade editions of King's works (this does NOT include the limiteds):

    Carrie 30000
    Salem’s Lot 20000
    The Shining 25000
    Night Shift 12000
    The Stand 70000
    Dead Zone 80000
    Firestarter 100000
    Cujo 150000
    Danse Macabre 60000
    The Gunslinger 10000
    Different Seasons 200000
    Christine 250000
    Pet Sematary 250000
    The Talisman 600000
    Skeleton Crew 500000
    Bachman Books 15000
    It 1000000
    Eyes of the Dragon 400000
    Drawing of the Three 30000
    The Tommyknockers 1200000
    Nightmares in the Sky ?
    My Pretty Pony 15000
    The Dark Half 1200000
    Four Past Midnight 1200000
    The Uncut Stand 400000
    The Waste Lands 30000
    Gerald’s Game 1500000
    Dolores Claiborne 1500000
    Nightmares and Dreamscapes 1500000
    Insomnia ?
    Rose Madder 1750000
    Green Mile paperbacks 2000000 each
    Desperation 1750000
    The Regulators 1250000
    Wizard and Glass 40000
    Bag of Bones 1300000
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon 1250000
    Hearts in Atlantis ?
    On Writing 500000
    The Green Mile hardcover 70000
    Dreamcatcher ?
    Black House 200000000
    Everything’s Eventual 253750
    From a Buick 8 1750000
    Revised Gunslinger 60000
    Wolves of the Calla 660000
    Song of Susannah 650000
    The Dark Tower 700000
    Faithful ?
    Illustrated Salem’s Lot 25000
    Colorado Kid paperback 1000000
    Cell 1100000
    Lisey’s Story 1250000
    Duma Key 1000000
    Just After Sunset 900000
    Under the Dome 950000
    Blockade Billy 10000
    Full Dark, No Stars 1200000
    11/22/63 ?

    I want to add that these are for the first printings as much as I know. No additional printings.

    Any corrections or additions would be appreciated.

    John
    Last edited by jhanic; 01-22-2012 at 12:04 PM. Reason: Corrected the title of Drawing of the Three. Added note at the end.

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    So only for the first printing. But over how long?

    THat's what i like about Publishers Weekly figure. There is no detail, but we know that over 10 years he sold.. Would be great if we could get from 80-2010 how much books were sold..
    Should maybe ask on the official forum.
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    I think John listed print runs, not sales figures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herbertwest View Post
    So only for the first printing. But over how long?

    THat's what i like about Publishers Weekly figure. There is no detail, but we know that over 10 years he sold.. Would be great if we could get from 80-2010 how much books were sold..
    Should maybe ask on the official forum.
    Perhaps you should. Please share the answer with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biomieg View Post
    I think John listed print runs, not sales figures.
    I guess you're right. What I listed were the published numbers for the first printings.

    John

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    Marsha on the official forum :
    "We've never kept track to be able to have a running total of book sales. If PW has published them in the past, I'm not aware of it. I'd asked his business manager within the past year if they had ever kept any record, but they've never done that either."

    http://www.stephenking.com/forums/sh...-Sales-figures
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    King obviously doesn't get paid by the individual book sale.

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    I was thinking the exact same thing.

    @Jhanic : isnt there a mistake in your figures for Black House? It seems oddly way more than the previous and later 1st prints...
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    He does, in effect, but it would be a headache to keep track of all that information, and to what end?

    I could probably tell you how many copies of The Road to the Dark Tower have been sold, but I'd have to go through 7 years of semi-annual royalty statements (about six pages each!) to be sure. And that's just for one book from one publisher in one country.

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    Under The Dome figures were confidential, but according to this from Publishers Weekly should be between 855K and 912K:
    8. The Host: A Novel. Stephenie Meyer. Little, Brown (912,165).
    9. *Under the Dome. Stephen King. Scribner
    10. Pirate Latitudes. Michael Crichton. Harper (855,63.

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    Duma Key was listed as 595,000. It's buried in the runner's up art:
    http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/p...-and-new-.html

    Just After Sunset was listed as 565,000

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    The thing about printing figures is that they are routinely over-stated by the publisher. I don't know why, but it's part of sme sort of game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev Vincent View Post
    The thing about printing figures is that they are routinely over-stated by the publisher. I don't know why, but it's part of sme sort of game.
    I guess everyone likes to think they have the biggest PrINt rUnS.

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    Could someone share data on how well each of SK's books have sold?

    Sorry if there's already a listing posted elsewhere, feel free to merge. I just didn't want to go doing research that a bunch of you have probably got handy.

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    I believe that informatin is well kept at charnellhouse.com; in fact the proprietor there, Kevin Quigley, also wroet a chapbook on that subject and its available at CD Pubs for about a buck as anb efile upload. Its called The Chart of Darkness.
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    Are those first edition print runs correct. If so that information should be added to the First Edition wiki pages here. Also, a few books are missing their print runs. Is that available anywhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    Are those first edition print runs correct. If so that information should be added to the First Edition wiki pages here. Also, a few books are missing their print runs. Is that available anywhere?
    Some are there and most are not. It's difficult if not impossible to obtain true print runs/sales for 1st edition books. Collectors clamor for 1st editions, but King loves the 15th printing of a book-more money in his pocket.

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