Hachette Book Group announced today that the fourth and final novel in Stephenie Meyer’s #1 internationally bestselling Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, shattered first day sales records for the company. HBG estimates that sales on the August 2 on-sale date were over 1.3 million copies. On Friday night, thousands of bookstores and libraries hosted midnight parties across the country to help fuel these astounding figures. Due to the overwhelming demand for the title, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, went back for a second printing of 500,000 copies prior to publication, bringing the current in-print figure to 3.7 million copies.
“These record-breaking figures prove that Stephenie Meyer is a pop culture sensation,” said David Young, CEO, Hachette Book Group USA. “In my years in the industry, I’ve never witnessed such a rapid ascent to bestselling celebrity. Stephenie has created an extraordinary world that readers of all ages have embraced and we couldn’t be happier to be part of the Twilight phenomenon.”
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has also confirmed the upcoming publication for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide on December 30, 2008 for $19.99. This must-have hardcover edition is the only official guide to the series and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in the Twilight Saga. With exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references and much more, this comprehensive handbook is essential for every Twilight Saga fan.
Breaking Dawn is the fourth book in Stephenie Meyer’s vampire saga, which began with her debut novel Twilight and the sequels New Moon and Eclipse. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announced a first print run of 3.2 million copies for Breaking Dawn, a record for the publisher. The previous three titles have already sold 8.5 million copies combined in the US. Meyer is currently appearing in the sold out 4-city Breaking Dawn Concert Series with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October.
In just three years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon.
Twilight was one of 2005’s most talked about novels and translation rights have been sold in 37 countries. The sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006, and spent over 30 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list. Eclipse, the latest book in the series released on August 7, 2007, catapulted to the #1 slot on bestseller lists nationwide after selling 150,000 copies its first day on-sale. Summit Entertainment will bring Twilight to the big screen on December 12, 2008, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen,” “Lords of Dogtown”) and starring Kristen Stewart (“Into The Wild”) and Robert Pattinson (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”).