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Old 2009-09-03, 21:53   Link #2481
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As I understood it, Yen Press holds the license to the novels, but Hatchette is publishing it.

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Licensed by Yen Press.
Publishing by Little, Brown & Co.
Both are divisions of Hachette Book Group.
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Old 2009-09-03, 21:56   Link #2482
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by any chance does anyone on here know the release schedule of the novels in english? ive got the first one but cant seem to find when the others are being released.
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Old 2009-09-03, 22:00   Link #2483
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It'll be interesting to see what sort of information is in the article (and I swear that post wasn't there when I was writing my previous post!). Hopefully it's not just random "data" from a nameless/unimportant employee, and has some real national statistics backing it up.

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by any chance does anyone on here know the release schedule of the novels in english? ive got the first one but cant seem to find when the others are being released.
The second book is due out October 31st, according to rightstuf. Later volumes not yet solicited.
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Old 2009-09-03, 22:00   Link #2484
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by any chance does anyone on here know the release schedule of the novels in english? ive got the first one but cant seem to find when the others are being released.
Sigh will be released in October according to their Haruhi website: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/fea...ruhi/home.html

No info on the other novels though.
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Old 2009-09-03, 22:08   Link #2485
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GDB, actually, I believe the release date is something like October 1-2.
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Old 2009-09-03, 22:16   Link #2486
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Well, like I said, "according to rightstuf." Their's is obviously a placeholder, since books generally come out on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, not Saturdays.
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Old 2009-09-03, 22:18   Link #2487
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Barnes & Noble lists Oct 1 for the Hardcover and Oct 7th for the paperback.
The books are on a every 6 month release schedule for some reason.
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Old 2009-09-03, 22:26   Link #2488
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I could see the novels selling well.

They're wrote in a style that I think will appeal a lot to young teens - particularly to sci-fi-loving teens. When I first read a couple of them myself, it struck me how much they would have appealed to me back when I was watching Star Trek: TNG as a kid in the early 90s.

Now, I don't think that Haruhi is going to be the next Harry Potter (North American-wise) or anything that huge, but I think that you could see the novel (and hopefully anime by extension) fandom grow considerably from sales success in North America.
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Old 2009-09-04, 11:12   Link #2489
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The new follow up article on that blog is up regarding his latest visit to the bookstore and Haruhi: http://ranobecafe.wordpress.com/2009...ruhi-suzumiya/

Hmm, it would be wonderful if the Haruhi novels are selling well.
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Old 2009-09-04, 12:44   Link #2490
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Just noticed that blogger is talking about Barnes and Noble, not Borders. That makes things easier, since B&N has a sales rank on their website. Quote from the site on how rankings work:

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How is sales rank determined on Barnes & Noble.com?

Barnes & Noble.com ranks books daily based on rolling six months of sales data. Sales ranking will change as new books are added to the database. If there are no sales during a particular amount of time, or if other titles have more sales, a title can lose its ranking.
Now, how does Haruhi do?

Manga Vol 1 - 36, 965 (released 10/28/08)
Manga Vol 2 - 22,899 (released 03/24/08)
Manga Vol 3 - 31,018 (released 06/09/09)

Novel 1 Hardcover - 11,608 (released 04/01/09)
Novel 1 Softcover - 37,511 (released 04/01/09)

These may seem really good, but other than the hardcover that's normal for just about any vaguely popular manga. For reference:

Case Closed Vol 28 - 50,371 (released 03/17/09)
D.Gray-Man Vol 13 - 18,665 (released 05/05/09)
Fullmetal Alchemist Vol 19 - 7,141 (released 07/21/09)
Hayate the Combat Butler Vol 12 - 45,283 (released 08/11/09)
Naruto Vol 43 - 4,499 (released 04/07/09)
Slayers Vol 6 - 119,685 (released 12/28/05)

I only added Slayers because the bulk of that blog talks about Haruhi making light novels in America popular, but just look at that volume of Slayers. The rank is pretty damned good considering it's almost 4 years old and the rankings seem to only cover 6 months.
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Old 2009-09-04, 13:12   Link #2491
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Thanks GDB, that's great statistics.

11,608 is quite good actually, especially considering it's only around 4,000 behind the newest Fullmetal Alchemist manga.

What am I saying, ITS FANTASTIC! haha

However, its eye opening. Think about it. The hardcover is selling much better than the soft cover. Which means that at the moment, the fans of Haruhi really ARE making it a success right now. However, the soft cover sales are not bad at all!

Lets compare with other light novels released, using Barnes & Noble Sales data.

Ballad of a Shinigami Vol. 2 - 121,048
Slayers Vol 6 - 119,685
Trinity Blood: Rage Against the Moons Volume 1 - 143,412
Trinity Blood: Reborn on the Mars Vol. 2 - 206,438
GOSICK - 698,646
Strawberry Panic Vol. 1 - 88,390
The Twelve Kingoms Vol. 1 - 95,982
Full Metal Panic Vol 1 - 113,101
Eureka Seven Novel Vol. 1 - 592,008
The Good Witch of the West - 440,949
Moribito - 58,455
Zaregoto Book 1 - 297,208
Boogiepop At Dawn - 587,622
FAUST 1 - 163,948
Scrapped Princess Vol 1 - 351,139
Calling You - 146,768
Shakugan no Shana Vol 1 - 155,503
Kieli Vol 1 - 226,599
Vampire Hunter D Vol 1 - 49,379

Now, keep in mind, that the lower the number, the better the ranking. The lower the number, the better the sales.

So Haruhi, in hardcover, comes in at 11,608 and in softcover at 37,511.

That is pretty darn awesome!

I mean, to be SO CLOSE to FMA and Naruto mangas....is....unbelievable! XD
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Old 2009-09-04, 13:18   Link #2492
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Again though, the sales ranking is based on the past 6 months of sales only. Not sure how recent those other light novels are, but like I said with Slayers vol 6 it's really damned old.

I think Haruhi would be better served with a faster release schedule in the States. I know that I, personally, am not buying any of it until Disappearance comes out. Now, whether that happens in novel, manga, or anime form first will determine how I decide to collect the series.

Six months apart is really too slow for a market that you're trying to grab and keep.
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Old 2009-09-04, 14:29   Link #2493
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But compared to the wait for novels written in English people are used to waiting for a year (often more). To me six months seems like a really short time in between book releases. I can remember waiting for the Harry Potter books to come out and I've been waiting for the next installment in the Wheel of Time series (not as avidly, though, but I check up on it's status from time to time) which finally comes out this October after four years since the last book (although in WoT's case the author having an illness and passing away accounted for most of that wait).
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Old 2009-09-04, 14:51   Link #2494
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I do the same thing every time I go to my local Barnes, checking Haruhi in the teen section on my way to the humor books. It's become a routine, glad I'm not alone on this.
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Old 2009-09-04, 18:33   Link #2495
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Manga Vol 1 - 36, 965 (released 10/28/08)
Manga Vol 2 - 22,899 (released 03/24/08)
Manga Vol 3 - 31,018 (released 06/09/09)

Novel 1 Hardcover - 11,608 (released 04/01/09)
Novel 1 Softcover - 37,511 (released 04/01/09)
Hmm... reading this made me remember that publisher's weekly article called the main streaming of Haruhi Suzumiya. The article says that the first print run for the first volume of the manga would be 75 000. The hard cover would have 10 000 and the paperback would have 50 000. So if this is from one specific store chain over the last six months, could it mean that they met their original expectation? I do hope so.
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Old 2009-09-04, 19:34   Link #2496
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Those are rankings, not sales numbers. No telling what the actual sale numbers are.
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Old 2009-09-04, 20:04   Link #2497
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When do you guys suppose Boredom is going to come over here? March 2010?
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Old 2009-09-04, 20:05   Link #2498
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how much do they cost?
gonna buy them just to show my support
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Old 2009-09-04, 20:11   Link #2499
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Rightstuf has the first novel for 9 bucks or something, or at least they did awhile ago. I think I saw release dates for books 3 and 4 for next year but can't find where. Probably going to be about the same as the two this year.
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how much do they cost?
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Paperbacks are like 9 bucks, Hardcovers are 18.
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