Check out the sales figures for this year’s Man Booker prize nominated books. It’s astounding. On more than one dimension.
I’ve always known that a literary novel is considered a “best seller” if it sells 5,000 copies. The numbers are even lower for short story collections (at about 2,000 copies) and poetry (I don’t know what the number is, but I know it’s lower than a short story collection).
But the numbers on most of the Booker Prize nominated books…wow.