Slow Sales for Stephenie Meyer’s BREE TANNER

Publisher’s Weekly is reporting that Stephenie Meyer’s latest book, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Read The Review Here), is selling poorly at independent bookstores.

PW talked to independents all over the country who reported slow sales and they believe that the ability to read the book free online at BreeTanner.com is to blame. They also feel like the publisher hasn’t done much to promote the book and that many customers aren’t even aware of it.

However, Little, Brown reports that they sold more than 350,000 copies of the book in the first two days of sale. So apparently the book is selling, just probably through Amazon and other online stores.

Interestingly, Little, Brown says that only 15,000 people have read the book online. I would have expected that number to be much, much higher. In fact, it’s so low that I would guess that the online version isn’t eating into sales as much as everyone thinks.

Just for some perspective, Stephenie Meyer released The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner as a way to thank her fans. It’s a short story (less than 200 pages) about a character from Eclipse that even diehard Twilighters barely remember. Now if the book was about Edward and Bella, I think it would be flying off shelves.

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  • http://google Maria

    I read The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner free online first. I loved it so much I went and bought it. I told my friend and she bought it and loves it too. I currently bought another copy for one of my other friends who hadnt heard about it. Shes going on vacation and plans on reading it. I’m glad Stephenie put this book out. It gives you more insight into The Cullens not just being a newborn. It answered so many questions I had about what Bree was thinking when she met the Cullens. I seriously recommend it to everyone. It made me love Carlisle and Esme even more. It gives insight into the Volturi as well. LOVED IT!!!

  • Andrew

    I saw that the book was comeing The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was coming and oreded it erly and ocece i got it i could not put it down! and read it in about i htingk tow weeks! i turely thought that the story was importent to read i turely love this book. it laft me with gratr insite of the Vamiper know as Bree and i felt like i kew the character personly. im vary happey abut this book! Not a bad book at all.