May 2012 Bestsellers and the Race to the Top

The race is on in PublishNews’ bestseller list. For yet another month, the ordained Brazilian author Priest Marcelo Rossi is leading with Agape Jr. (Globo Livros) — the kids version of his bestseller, Agape. Agape Jr. has sold 73% more copies than its closest competitor, Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune (Intrínseca).

This month Brazilian authors are taking better positions overall. Last month only three Brazilians were in the top 10, but in May, there are five: first the aforementioned Ágape Jr.; in fourth place is Guia politicamente incorredo da filosofia by Luiz Felipe Ponde (LeYa); in sixth place É tudo tão simples by Danuza Leão (Ediouro); in seventh place O x da questão by Eike Batista (Sextante); and in tenth place is O que realmente importa? by Anderson Cavalcante (Gente). Brazil makes up 32% of the top 50 titles this month. And, like last month, most of the Brazilian best-selling authors are non-fiction writers.

Our bestsellers list also reveals another important race: the one among publishers. PublishNews ranks Brazilian publishers according to the number of titles they have on the list. May showed significant changes in comparison to April. Sextante is like Michael Schumacher in his prime — on the top since the list began in September 2010. It currently has 26 titles on the list. Novo Conceito, which wasn’t even in the top ten last month, is now in second place with 18 titles. And V&R, the Argentinian-Brazilian-Mexican publisher that was ranked seventh last month (with 7 titles), is now third with 10 titles. You can find the complete list (in Portuguese).

Check out the the best-selling Brazilian authors, best-selling foreign authors and the top-10 best-selling publishers in Brazil below.

Bestsellers by Brazilian Authors

  1. Agapinho by Father Marcelo Rossi (Globo Livros) — Children’s
  2. Guia politicamente incorreto da filosofia by Luiz Felipe Ponde (LeYa) — Nonfiction
  3. É tudo tão simples by Danuza Leão (Agir) — Nonfiction
  4. O x da questão by Eike Batista (Primeira Pessoa) — Non-fiction
  5. O que realmente importa? by Anderson Cavalcante (Gente) — Self-help
  6. Desperte o milionário que há em você by Carlos Wizard Martins (Gente) — Business
  7. Ágape by Father Marcelo Rossi (Globo Livros) — Self-help / Religion
  8. Fazendo meu filme 4 – Fani em busca do final feliz by Paula Pimenta (Gutenberg) — Young Adult
  9. A carne e o sangue by Mary del Priore (Rocco) — Nonfiction
  10. Mentes ansiosas by Ana Beatriz Barbosa Silva (Fontanar) — Nonfiction
  11. A vida sabe o que faz by Zibia Gasparetto (Vida e Consciência) — Self-help
  12. 1808 by Laurentino Gomes (Planeta do Brasil) — Brazilian History
  13. Minha mãe, meu mundo by Anderson Cavalcante & Simone Paulino (Gente) — Self-help
  14. Diário da corte by Paulo Francis (Três estrelas) — Nonfiction
  15. Mulheres inteligentes, relações saudáveis by Augusto Cury (Academia de Inteligência) — Self-help
  16. Feliz por nada by Martha Medeiros (L&PM) — Nonfiction
  17. Ágape – Special Illustrated Edition by Father Marcelo Rossi (Globo Livros) — Self-help / Religion
  18. Mentes perigosas – o psicopata mora ao lado by Ana Beatriz Silvia (Fontanar) — Nonfiction
  19. A privataria tucana by Amaury Ribeiro Jr. (Geração Editorial) — Brazilian History
  20. Casais inteligentes enriquecem juntos by Gustavo Cerbasi (Gente) — Business

Bestsellers by Foreign Authors

  1. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan (Intrínseca) — Young Adult
  2. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks (Arqueiro) — Fiction
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Rocco) — Young Adult
  4. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (LeYa) — Fiction
  5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Rocco) — Fiction
  6. La Parisienne by Ines de La Fressange and Sophie Gachet (Intrínseca) — Nonfiction
  7. Something Blue by Emily Giffin (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  8. The Vow by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  9. Nietzsche, antistress en 99 pilules philosophiques by Allan Percy (Sextante) — Self-help
  10. The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  11. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (Novo Conceito) — Fiction
  12. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Rocco) — Fiction
  13. Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden (Galera Record) — Fiction
  14. The Servant by James Hunter (Sextante) — Business
  15. Il Cimitero di Praga by Umberto Eco (Record) — Fiction
  16. Assassin´s Creed: Brotherhood by Oliver Bowden (Galera Record) — Fiction
  17. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (LeYa) — Fiction
  18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Novel in Cartoons by Jeff Kinney (V&R) — Fiction
  19. Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry (Agir) — Fiction
  20. A Short Story of Christianity by Geoffrey Blainey (Fundamento) — Nonfiction

Best-selling Brazilian Publishers

  1. Sextante
  2. Novo Conceito
  3. V&R — Vergara & Riba
  4. Ediouro
  5. Intrínseca
  6. Gente
  7. LeYa
  8. Record
  9. Globo
  10. Rocco
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