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Check Out Line: The year of the vampire

December 29, 2008

Check Out the top products on just came out with its “best of” lists for 2008.  Since Amazon is best known for selling books (even though it offers everything from groceries to jewelry these days), we thought you might want to know which titles were the hottest this year.

USA/No surprise to tween girls or their parents, the best-selling book was “Breaking Dawn,” also known as the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga.

The book that got the most positive reviews was “The Revolution: A Manifesto” by Ron Paul. Meyer’s “Twilight” got the most positive reviews for a Kindle book. Of course, Amazon’s Kindle was the best-selling electronic item on its 2008 list.
The book most frequently purchased as a gift? It was the first book in Meyer’s series, “Twilight” – the one that became a hit movie when it opened in November.
Also in the basket:

NexCen sells Bill Blass apparel brand for $10 mln

E-commerce retailer Parent Co files for Chapter 11

Britain’s John Lewis posts record sales on 1st clearance day

A Holiday to Forget: Retailers Experience Aftershocks (WWD, subscription required)

(Reuters photo of fan Noelle Buffam at the premiere of the movie Twilight)


Ron Paul’s book was great and a must read for every US citizen who wants to understand what is happening to our country and what you can do about it. Glad that Amazon didn’t suppress the book’s success like many media outlet did to Ron Paul during the campaign. RP 2012?!

Posted by Anon | Report as abusive

Vampire? Stupid sickos.

Posted by John Doe | Report as abusive

Don’t forget Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire book series that became the hit TV show True Blood on HBO. Also, 2008 was the year that Moonlight was canceled. It really was the year of the vampire. All we needed was an Anne Rice book, a Buffy episode, and a Dracula movie and it would have been complete.

Posted by Sara | Report as abusive

This year WAS the year of the vampire! the Twilight craze is for the history books! And is quite amazing :) it’s enough for me- a college-educated 25 year old- to obsess enough for the public to see online:)


“The Revolution: A Manifesto” is a great read. It could be alternately titled “Salvaging a Rapidly Declining Country for Dummies” as it explains in layman’s terms how we’re setting the table for our own socio-economic ruin.

Posted by Darryl Schmitz | Report as abusive

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