Bookshots a Better Bet for Audio?
December 8, 2016
Watching the rapid fire publication pace of Patterson’s new original paperback series (plural) called Bookshots, I’ve noticed a definite pattern. An example is The Christmas Mystery, a Luc Moncrief Mystery. Currently, the *book* has only 3 holds on 12 checked out copies. Meanwhile, fourteen customers are in line for our four audiobook copies of this same title. In the future, depending on the appeal of the particular series, which seems to vary greatly, I’m aiming for about equal number of print and audio, probably just over or under 10. It will be interesting to see if these have sustained demand in future years. The more I think about this the more it makes sense. Print bookshots are cheap and portable, so can be bought on a whim if desired. On the other hand, the typical Bookshots audiobook (four little discs in the case of the Christmas Mystery, totalling a nicely digestible 300 minutes) is probably a great fit for daily commuters or weekend trippers to Portland or Vancouver, searching for a bite-sized audiobook they can actually finish in one long trip or a week’s worth of commutes.
On second thought, it also appears some of the titles that came out this summer (e.g., 113 Minutes) already are languishing a bit several months later and perhaps won’t need many copies in any format. Is this phenomenon the literary equivalent of a sugar rush?
Publisher Summary: In the heart of the holiday season, priceless paintings have vanished from a Park Avenue murder scene. Now, dashing French detective Luc Moncrief must become a quick study in the art of the steal–before a coldblooded killer paints the town red. Merry Christmas, Detective.
Patterson, James with James O. Born. Hidden : A Mitchum Story. [January 3, 2017 – 3 holds on 9 print copies – 6 holds on 6 audio]
Publisher Summary: Rejected by the Navy SEALs, Mitchum is content to be his small town’s unofficial private eye, until his beloved 14-year-old cousin is abducted. Now he’ll call on every lethal skill to track her down–but nothing is what it seems….