4 May 2007
Two books from the acclaimed Instructions series published by the Bodleian Library are among the best selling history titles for 2006 according to statistics published this week in The Bookseller. In the top 20 for history books, Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain, 1942 was ranked the ninth best-seller with almost 29,000 copies sold in 2006 and Instructions for British Servicemen in France, 1944 made it to the 15th place with almost 24,000 copies sold last year. Besides the Bodleian Library, the only other publishers who have multiple entries in the top are the BBC, Abacus and Bantam.
With life sales of almost 120,000 copies for the Instructions for American Servicemen and almost 100,000 copies for the Instructions for British Servicemen, this is the first time the Bodleian Library has entered the Top 20 History Books list rivalling the big names in the publishing industry such as Penguin, HarperCollins or Ebury. Last year, the same books entered the more selective Independent Publishers Top 20 list making the fifth and the tenth place respectively.
The Instructions series also includes a third book, Instructions for American Servicemen in Australia, 1942 published in September 2006, which will be joined by a fourth title coming out this autumn, Instructions for British Servicemen in Germany, 1944.
See all the Bodleian Library’s titles at www.bodleianbookshop.co.uk