April 2012 Bestsellers

The Brazilian book market is strong on translations, and only five titles among the 20 bestselling books in April were written by Brazilian authors, according to PublishNews’ bestsellers list. But when we look at the top 50 titles, 32% of them are national releases. The majority of them are by self-help and non-fiction authors.

On our fiction list, besides two classics — Sentimentos do Mundo, by poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade, and Til, by 19th century writer José de Alencar — there are only three Brazilian titles: the mega best-selleing author Paulo Coelho with O Alquimista, and Tempo de Esperas, by priest and singer Fabio de Melo.

The third Brazilian title is coincidentally also by a priest-turned-author: Marcelo Rossi. Having sold more than 7.7 million copies of his book Agape since its release in August 2010, he has been breaking sales records and maintaining top positions on the lists, with new editions of the title — children’s and illustrated — performing well.

Starting this month, PublishNews Brazil will release a monthly summary of its best-seller list, divided in three categories:

  1. The 20 best-selling books in Brazil by Brazilian authors.
  2. The 20 best-selling books in Brazil by foreign authors.
  3. The 10 best-selling publishers ranked according to the number of titles that made it onto PublishNews’ lists.

Our goal is to give readers a simple but broad overview of the Brazilian market and its bestselling titles and players. The original PublishNews lists (in Portuguese) also show weekly, monthly and annual rankings. You can view them here.

Bestsellers by Brazilian Authors – April 2012

  1. Agapinho by Padre Marcelo Rossi (Globo Livros) — Children’s
  2. O x da questão by Eike Batista (Primeira Pessoa) — Nonfiction
  3. É tudo tão simples by Danuza Leão (Agir) — Nonfiction
  4. O que realmente importa? by Anderson Cavalcante (Gente) — Self-help
  5. Ágape by Padre Marcelo Rossi (Globo Livros) — Self-help / Religion
  6. Mentes ansiosas by Ana Beatriz Barbosa Silva (Fontanar) — Nonfiction
  7. Guia politicamente incorreto da história do Brasil by Leonardo Narloch (Leya) — Brazilian History
  8. 1808 by Laurentino Gomes (Planeta do Brasil) — Brazilian History
  9. Feliz por nada by Martha Medeiros (L&PM) — Nonfiction
  10. A vida sabe o que faz by Zibia Gasparetto (Vida e Consciência) — Self-help
  11. Mulheres inteligentes relações saudáveis, by Augusto Cury (Academia de Inteligência) — Self-help
  12. A privataria tucana by Amaury Ribeiro Jr. (Geração Editorial) — Nonfiction
  13. Guia politicamente incorreto da filosofia by Luiz Felipe Ponde (LeYa) — Nonfiction
  14. Tempo de esperas by Fábio de Melo (Planeta do Brasil) —Fiction
  15. Receber com charme by Claudia Pixu and Renata Rangel (Globo Livros) — Nonfiction
  16. Sentimento do mundo by Carlos Drummond de Andrade (Companhia de Bolso) — Fiction
  17. 1822 by Laurentino Gomes (Nova Fronteira) — Brazilian History
  18. A fascinante construção do eu by Augusto Cury (Academia de Inteligência) — Self-help
  19. Casais inteligentes enriquecem juntos by Gustavo Cerbasi (Gente) — Business
  20. O alquimista by Paulo Coelho (Sextante) — Fiction

Bestsellers by Foreign Authors

  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Rocco) — Young-adult fiction
  2. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks (Arqueiro) — Fiction
  3. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Rocco) — Young-adult fiction
  4. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Rocco) — Young-adult fiction
  5. La Parisienne by Ines de La Fressange and Sophie Gachet (Intrínseca) — Nonfiction
  6. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood by Oliver Bowden (Galera Record) — Fiction
  7. Something Blue by Emily Giffin (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  8. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (LeYa) — Fiction
  9. One Day by David Nicholls (Intrínseca) — Fiction
  10. Nietzsche, antistress en 99 pilules philosophiques by Allan Percy (Sextante) — Self-help
  11. The Vow by Kim Carpenter and Krickitt Carpenter (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  12. Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden (Galera Record) — Fiction
  13. Il Cimitero di Praga by Umberto Eco (Record) — Fiction
  14. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Companhia das Letras) — Biography
  15. A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (LeYa) — Fiction
  16. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Agir) — Children’s
  17. The Servant by James Hunter (Sextante) — Business
  18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons by Jeff Kinney (V&R) — Fiction
  19. Heart Of the Matter by Emilly Giffin (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  20. Je Ne Sais Pas Maigrir by Pierre Dukan (Ediouro) — Self-help

Bestselling Brazilian Publishers

  1. Sextante
  2. Ediouro
  3. LeYa
  4. Record
  5. Intrínseca
  6. Globo
  7. V&R
  8. Companhia das Letras
  9. Planeta
  10. Saraiva
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  1. Posted May 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    What is happening in Brazilian publishing is very exciting. We had the opportunity to see a presentation by Tomas de Veiga Pereira from Editora Sextante and Lucia Reef from Agencia Riff at the 25th Rights Directors Conference in Frankfurt which helped us understand the publishing landscape in Brazil.

    What is the best way to reach this market?

    I’d love some feedback.

  2. Carlo Carrenho
    Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink


    The best way is developing more personal contacts with local publishers and agents. That said, a trip down here out of book fairs could be very good to give you a broader view of the market and also to allow you some interesting networking.