2018: A Year in Review with Diamond Books

With an increase of 1.3% in print book sales in 2018 over 2017 based on data collected by Bookscan, the upward trend of book sales continues into 2019. The largest drive in sales was provided by the adult non-fiction segment, followed by juvenile non-fiction and young adult non-fiction.

“Blockbuster nonfiction titles are spearheading this year’s growth in print book sales,” said Kristen Mclean, books industry analyst for NPD. "The heightened interest in politics extends beyond the news cycle, with sales of political books posting their highest sales volume in the past fifteen years."

According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores nationwide reported a lively holiday shopping season with book sales overall showing an increase of nearly five percent over 2017 and a compound annual growth rate of 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

“In December, we had our single biggest sales day in the history of the store,” Sarah Hollenbeck, co-owner of Chicago’s Women & Children Firstwrote in a recent e-mail to customers. “Overall, sales were up 5 percent from last year’s holiday season and online orders were up 50 percent. We are so grateful to our community for making 2018 such a success.” For more anecdotal data on bookselling over the holidays, click here.

Based on data collected by our retailer network and retailer partners, Diamond has provided the Top 50 Best-Selling Graphic Novels of 2018 from our publishers. In 2018, Saga Volume 1 and Monstress Volume 1 spent the most time in the Top 10. 

Titles Ranking in the #1 Spot for 2018

  • Saga Volume 8 
  • Saga Volume 9
  • The Walking Dead Volume 29
  • Pathfinder Playtest Rule Book
  • Snotgirl Volume 2
  • The Walking Dead Volume 30

Titles Featured in the Best-Sellers list every month of 2018

  • Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Volume 1
  • Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting
  • Monstress Volume 1-2
  • Pathfinder Core Rulebook
  • Paper Girls Volume 1-2
  • Saga Book 1-2
  • Saga Volume 1-8
  • Snotgirl Volume 1
  • Starfinder Core Rulebook
  • The Walking Dead Volume 28

Top 50 Best-Selling Graphic Novels of 2018

Title ISBN  Retail  Publisher
Saga Volume 8 9781534303492  $14.99 Image Comics
Saga Volume 9 9781534308374  $14.99 Image Comics
The Walking Dead Volume 29: Lines We Cross 9781534304970  $16.99 Image Comics
The Walking Dead Volume 30: New World Order 9781534308848  $16.99 Image Comics
Saga Volume 1  9781607066019  $9.99 Image Comics
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening 9781632157096  $9.99 Image Comics
Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting 9781934547847  $34.95 Green Ronin 
Monstress Volume 3 9781534306912  $16.99 Image Comics
Saga Volume 7 9781534300606  $14.99 Image Comics
Paper Girls Volume 1 9781632156747  $9.99 Image Comics
Paper Girls Volume 4 9781534305106  $14.99 Image Comics
The Walking Dead Volume 28: A Certain Doom 9781534302440  $16.99 Image Comics
Saga Volume 2 9781607066927  $14.99 Image Comics
Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Starfinder Core Rulebook 9781601259561  $59.99 Paizo Inc.
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 1 9781607060765  $59.99 Image Comics
Saga Volume 3 9781607069317  $14.99 Image Comics
Snotgirl Volume 2: California Screaming 9781534306615  $15.99 Image Comics
The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye 9781582406725  $14.99 Image Comics
Saga Volume 6 9781632157119  $14.99 Image Comics
The Walking Dead Book 15 9781534308503  $34.99 Image Comics
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood 9781534300415  $16.99 Image Comics
Saga Volume 4 9781632150776  $14.99 Image Comics
Saga Volume 5 9781632154385  $14.99 Image Comics
Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Volume 2 9781524103422  $24.99 Dynamite Entertainment
Saga Book One 9781632150783  $49.99 Image Comics
Snotgirl Volume 1 9781534300361  $9.99 Image Comics
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 3 9781632154569  $59.99 Image Comics
Paper Girls Volume 2  9781632158956  $12.99 Image Comics
Paper Girls Volume 3 9781534302235  $12.99 Image Comics
Saga Book Two 9781632159038  $49.99 Image Comics
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 9781603602211  $29.95 Gemstone 
The Walking Dead: Here's Negan 9781534303270  $19.99 Image Comics
The Walking Dead Compendium Volume 2 9781607065968  $59.99 Image Comics
Sheets 9781941302675  $12.99 Lion Forge
The Wicked + The Divine Volume 6 9781534304734  $16.99 Image Comics
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Core Pocket Rulebook  9781601258878  $24.99 Paizo Inc.
The Walking Dead Volume 27: The Whisperer War 9781534300521  $14.99 Image Comics
Paper Girls Volume 5 9781534308671  $14.99 Image Comics
Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Pact Worlds 9781640780224  $44.99 Paizo Inc.
Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook  9781640780842  $29.99 Paizo Inc.
Rat Queens Volume 5: The Colossal Magic Nothing 9781534306776  $16.99 Image Comics
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook  9781601251503  $49.99 Paizo Inc.
The Wicked + The Divine Volume 7 9781534308404  $17.99 Image Comics
Creature Codex  9781936781928  $49.99 Paizo Inc.
Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Armory 9781640780415  $39.99 Paizo Inc.
Dark Souls III: Design Works 9781772940640  $49.99 Udon 
Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico  9780692092217  $19.99 Somos Arte
Mega Man X: Official Complete Works HC 9781772940756  $39.99 Udon 
Lulu Is A Rhinoceros 9780692070987  $16.99 Wicked Cow 
Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Alien Archive 9781601259752  $39.99 Paizo Inc.

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