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What’s New on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books List

MCLEAN, VA, March 25, 2009 – Here’s the latest book buzz from USA TODAY with a sneak peek at the highlights of tomorrow’s Best-Selling Books list:

• It’s not just fans who love Twilight author Stephenie Meyer — it’s other young-adult authors who’ve caught her approving eye. Meyer holds four of the top five spots on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list; five if you count Catherine Hardwicke’s debut at No. 4 with Twilight: Director’s Handbook. Meyer has so much clout that when she wrote on her website in January that The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester is “the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men,” booksellers couldn’t keep up with demand.

• Authors are increasingly using videos to promote their books. None has done it better than Kelly Corrigan, 41, whose memoir, The Middle Place, rises to No. 17, three months after it was reprinted in paperback. It’s about her breast cancer and her father’s bladder cancer. Corrigan says she had so many speaking requests during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October that she made a 5-minute video showing her talking about how friends and families help transcend problems, “whether it’s cancer, infertility, unemployment or divorce.’’ It’s been viewed 4.1 million times on YouTube.

For all the news from this week’s Best-Selling Books list, see Thursday’s editions of USA TODAY for the top 50 books or log ontowww.top150.usatoday.com for the complete list of 150 best-selling books from last week.

USA TODAY’s list differs from other lists because the rankings are based solely on retail sales data from major chain and independent bookstores across the USA. Included are more than one million volumes from approximately 3,000 large-inventory, diverse-content bookstores. USA TODAY’s list shows readers what is selling across the whole range of books, not just what is selling by category. Hardcover, paperback, fiction and non-fiction are pooled together. USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list has been published each Thursday in the newspaper’s Life section since October 28, 1993.

USA TODAY is the nation’s top-selling newspaper with a total average daily circulation of 2.3 million. Published at more than 30 locations in the USA and abroad, USA TODAY is available worldwide. USA TODAY is published by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI). The USA TODAY brand also includes: USATODAY.com, an award-winning news and information Web site that is updated 24 hours per day; USA TODAY Sports Weekly, a magazine for enthusiasts of college and professional football and baseball; USA TODAY Mobile, offering up-to-the minute news and information on a variety of mobile platforms and devices; and USA TODAY LIVE, the television arm of the USA TODAY brand that brings the spirit and quality of the newspaper to television.

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