“Twilight of the Drifter” grabs #1 spot in print – Tom Malafarina rules eBooks – but sales are soft!

Camp Hill, PA – “Twilight of the Drifter”, novelist Shelly Frome’s “Southern Gothic” crime story, took the top spot in print thanks to author events. Thomas Malafarina’s horror novel, 99 Souls, about a cursed coal mine in the Coal Region of Pennsylvania led all eBook downloads due to a strong Kindle free download promotion. William Lemanski’s biography of Kermit Roosevelt, “Lost in the Shadow of Fame,” debuted at #2 in print. Thomas Malafarina’s short story compilation “13 Nasty Endings” nabbed #2 in eBooks. Nonfiction books captured seven of the top ten spots in print. Fiction took eight of ten eBooks.

99 frontCarol Schultz Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II” about her famous father’s post-war struggles and family life and Charles K Godfrey’s Gettysburg Civil War re-enactment fantasy sold well  in print thanks to author events.

Joyce Anne Nicholls’ “The Last Egyptian Mamluk” debuted at #5 due to brisk bookstore sales upon release.

Milo Thornberry’s “Fireproof Moth”, Guy Graybill’s moonshine books “Prohibition’s Prince” and “Prince and the Paupers, ” Bob Ford’s “Beagle Tales 2,” and Farrell and Farley’s “Keystone Tombstones Volume 1” rounded out the top 10 in print.

Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II,” Frome’s “Twilight of the Drifter,” and Thornberry’s “Fireproof Moth” also garnered top spots in eBooks.

Paul Argentini’s “The Fourth Nail” and Jackson Holiday’s “Who Sh*t in my Zen Garden” continued in the top ten eBooks.

Keith Rommel’s horror classic “The Cursed Man,” being considered as a movie, returned to the list along with Bob Wood’s “Sage” and L D Knorr’s “The Leviticus Mission.”

Sunbury Press has experienced softer sales at the outset of 2012 as consumers trade print for eBooks and seem to be buying a bit less overall. Year to Date, sales were down 28%, but eBook sales are up nearly 5x. Possibly, there is a glut of downloads on eReaders following the Christmas boom. March is also traditionally a slow month for book sales, so a down first quarter is expected.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “Lost in the Shadow of Fame” by William Lemanski
Fiction  – “Twilight of the Drifter” by Shelly Frome
Poetry – “Postmodern Dogma” by Andrei Guruianu
Children’s – “Goodnight Sammy” by Amanda Brown and Betsy Morningstar
The Arts – “My Eye on the Philadelphia Mummers” by Mary Gallagher Stout
Self-Help – “A Young Adult’s Guide to Safety in the Digital Age” by Jeff Sechler
Christian  – “The Fourth Nail” by Paul Argentini
Metaphysical – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis

The company released four new titles during the month of February:
“Malafarina Maleficarum Volume 1” by Thomas Malafarina
“Terminal Disaster” by Randall Radic and Ralph Fontana
“Lost in the Shadow of Fame” by William Lemanski
“My Wheels Gave Me Wings” by Willow Rockwell

For a complete ranking, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypress.com/bestsellers.html

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypress.com/releases.html

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