Reader Lastroadi has pointed out to me that the best-seller reports from Kotob Khan are hardly representative of trends in the Arabic-reading world. (Surely, a representative list would show the translations of Twilight as massive YA hits.)
Still, I suppose I want best-seller lists so badly that they continue to fascinate me. And this one (representing sales from January – July, 2010) is the first assessment I’ve ever seen of best-selling books for young people.
I think the position of Salma and Layla (even though it only appeared in Cairo early this summer) shows what marketing can do: People knew about the book, (it was by someone famous, a queen), and they went out purposefully and bought it. Also, of course, religious stories remain popular. And I don’t know anything about The Most Beautiful Stories of Animals, but I suppose I’ll have to go check it out, just because it’s at the top of the list.
Ah, how I want someone to gather best-seller data from stores all around Cairo! And then Alex, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Damascus, Dubai, Marrakesh, Ramallah, Baghdad, Doha, and beyond…. Are you sure you don’t want to volunteer?
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2. الحروف والكلمات- حسن خطك – ناصف مصطفى عبد العزيز
3. قصص الحيوان فى القرءان – أحمد بهجت
4. سلسلة دعنا نتحاور معاُ – خالد الخميسى
5. سمكة الشمس – نبيل خلف
6. سلمى وليلى – الملكة رانيا العبد الله
7. مجموعة فرحانة – رانيا حسين أمين
8. أشياء فى حياة الأنبياء – وليد هلال
9. مدن مصرية – أمير عكاشة
10. قصص القرءان – أحمد بهجت