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Press's First Core Graphic Novels List

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Releases Its First Core Graphic Novels List

A guide to help traditional booksellers entering the graphic-novel marketplace to build a basic collection, one step at a time.

FOR IMMEDIATE, a leading website for graphic-novel and manga news and reviews, has released its Core Graphic Novels list for adults --- the first of four lists the website has planned to guide booksellers who would like to stock these titles, but are in need of some reliable information on what to stock to reach this continually growing audience.

"Since we started conceptualizing this site --- and even more frequently since it launched in December 2008 --- traditional booksellers have asked for guidance on what to buy for their stores," said Carol Fitzgerald, President of, which publishes GraphicNovelReporter. "We see a keen interest from retailers in carrying more graphic novels in stores, but they are overwhelmed by the number of titles out there. Given the depth and breadth of our content, we saw an opportunity to provide these honed lists."

These edited choices are divided into separate categories to help accommodate particular bookstores' needs, based on both content and size: beginning with 10 books for those with very small spaces to allot to graphic works,followed by 25 and 100 more selections for those with more room. A nonfiction list is also included.

In the weeks ahead, will debut lists for the Teen and the Kids categories, two of the biggest categories in comics, as well as manga lists again broken out by demographic.

"This is by no means an exhaustive list, nor is it a best-of list. It's a solid, core list for booksellers who want to branch out into comics selling and build a base," added John Hogan, Editorial Director of GraphicNovelReporter. "Once they jump in, whether it's with 10, 25, or 100 or more titles, they'll quickly learn how strong this category can be for them and also will learn what is interesting to their customers."

Carol Fitzgerald
[email protected] Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ten years ago this month, launched with a goal to connect book groups with books and authors that would make for great conversation --- and move, motivate and inspire them. The website now has more than 11,000 newsletter subscribers, 10,000 registered book groups and 3,000 discussion guides listed. It’s become an online community for more than 185,000 unique visitors each month.

"One of the best parts about watching flourish over the last decade has been the opportunity to be a part of book clubs in far-flung places, but that posed a challenge when it came time to create a celebration. We wanted to do something really big that would recognize book clubs for their support," said Carol Fitzgerald, President of, the parent company of

Thus, in keeping with the “10 theme,” will be giving away $10,000 in prizes in the 10th Anniversary Contest. To enter to win, groups will be asked to share their "Top 10 Favorite Discussion Books." The prizes will be 50 $200 gift certificates to treat book clubs to a month’s worth of discussion books. Groups also can opt instead to donate books to a school, library or other organization of their choice. Gift certificates will be purchased by at the bricks and mortar or online store of the winning groups’ choosing.

"As we looked to celebrate this milestone, we wanted to thank readers, contributors, publishers, booksellers, librarians and authors for their support in a big way --- and we wanted readers to decide where they would receive their prize," Fitzgerald said. "This is in keeping with our mantra here at, that we want to see readers able to get books wherever they want to buy them, in whatever format they choose. We want to keep readers reading and grow new readers."

The contest will be open through August 31st. Click here to read more about our 10th Anniversary celebration.

This fall the site will compile and post a list of the Top 10 most popular titles of all contest respondents.

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