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D&D 5E PHB is #3 right now on "Amazon's Hot New Releases"

Plane Sailing

Astral Admin - Mwahahaha!
It seems that the initial sales of D&D 5th Edition are very strong. Asked about how they compare to 3E and 4E, WotC's Mike Mearls says that "Raw numbers are stronger, but that's not the complete picture. end of year 1 is the key." The Player's Handbook has now topped the hardcover nonfiction sellers list at Publishers Weekly. As of right now, it's #1 in Fantasy Gaming at Amazon, and a week ago it was the #1 book on Amazon!


In other news, prompted by some discussion about the gaps between D&D edition releases, I whipped up this quick info-graphic showing the dates that each edition was released. [threadcm]http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?359004-So-I-have-been-out-of-town-for-a-few-weeks-did-I-miss-something[/threadcm]

 

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TerraDave

5ever
Sure, all this thread shows is that the phb is selling about as well as any book can at early release.

I dont think an rpg book has done that in recent decades. Or come remotely close. For example, see

http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?243902-Amazon-Sales-Rankings-amazing-data!

http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2jwhb?Amazon-ranks-Congrats

So, its the best selling rpg book out of the gate in decades. Could mean "nothing" if you dont care its best selling. But then this whole thread would probably not be of interest to you.
 


Zardnaar

Legend
Also note 4E had a good launch on Amazon as well. It is to premature to call it IMHO. Come back this time next year or even 2016.
 

TerraDave

5ever
Also note 4E had a good launch on Amazon as well. It is to premature to call it IMHO. Come back this time next year or even 2016.

Please confirm it. I posted what little I could find above, not even remotely the same order of magnitude. I can find nothing that says 4E was in the top 100 at amazon, but again I may have missed it.

But sure, see you next year.
 


Gundark

Explorer
Also note 4E had a good launch on Amazon as well. It is to premature to call it IMHO. Come back this time next year or even 2016.

I remember Scott Rouse pointing out that 4e was doing well on Amazon. I don't remember the actual spot.

Here where I live the 5e phb and Hotdq has been selling, this surpised me as I thought Pathfinder had killed D&D and taken it's stuff (locally speaking I mean)
 

Zardnaar

Legend
I remember Scott Rouse pointing out that 4e was doing well on Amazon. I don't remember the actual spot.

Here where I live the 5e phb and Hotdq has been selling, this surpised me as I thought Pathfinder had killed D&D and taken it's stuff (locally speaking I mean)

Maybe it was keeping the seat warm.
 

M.L. Martin

Adventurer
The 4E core set sold out its original print run before release, and that was a larger print run than the original 3.0 run. People were definitely interested.

It's a new D&D; it's going to dominate the market with anything short of an obvious disaster. That doesn't mean 5E is a failure or anything close to it; it just means that it's too early to tell what the long-term prospects are like.
 

SavageCole

Punk Rock Warlord
I've heard from a couple of FLGS here that they did not go all in on stock of 5e materials, because they got killed and wanted to play wait and see. They confessed they were blown away by demand that they did not anticipate and were out of stock opening weekend.

And the other thing I've started to hear are a lot of people who had preordered on Amazon, but then couldn't wait and ran out to FLGS and tried (some successfully) to get an early release copy. Some canceled their Amazon preorders and others are kept the orders alive to gift their 2nd PHBs.
 

SigmaOne

First Post
I've heard from a couple of FLGS here that they did not go all in on stock of 5e materials, because they got killed and wanted to play wait and see. They confessed they were blown away by demand that they did not anticipate and were out of stock opening weekend.

And the other thing I've started to hear are a lot of people who had preordered on Amazon, but then couldn't wait and ran out to FLGS and tried (some successfully) to get an early release copy. Some canceled their Amazon preorders and others are kept the orders alive to gift their 2nd PHBs.


I kept my 2nd Starter Set, but I canceled my Amazon PHB and HotDQ order after picking them up locally. Kind of regretting it even though I have no reason to get an extra copy.
 

Halivar

First Post
I've heard from a couple of FLGS here that they did not go all in on stock of 5e materials, because they got killed and wanted to play wait and see. They confessed they were blown away by demand that they did not anticipate and were out of stock opening weekend.
My FLGS ordered 24 copies, and all of them were gone by noon; I got the last one.
 

Looks like the PHB has slipped a few places on Amazon's bestseller list.
This could be the result of more popular books being ordered, or it could be the result of sales plateauing. It might even be the result of people cancelling preorders to buy from game stores now, which would be awesome but is less likely.

I guess we'll see if this is the start of a decline, if it will hold at a lower position for a while, or if word of mouth will boost sales again.
 


Gundark

Explorer
Looks like the PHB has slipped a few places on Amazon's bestseller list.
This could be the result of more popular books being ordered, or it could be the result of sales plateauing. It might even be the result of people cancelling preorders to buy from game stores now, which would be awesome but is less likely.

I guess we'll see if this is the start of a decline, if it will hold at a lower position for a while, or if word of mouth will boost sales again.

Cancelled my pre-order to impulse buy it from the LGS. It would be interesting to know how many actual copies that were sold, unfortunately we'll never have those numbers.
 

TerraDave

5ever
Its dipping a little bit

#4/#9/#1

It is hard to compare to past releases, but through the way-back machine, I was able to find out that (for bestsellers) the:

4E PHB did get up to 33, fell to 54. then plumeted.


PFCRB got up to 369 (and maybe a bit higher, based on what I poasted above), but seemed to stay in the hundreds longer.

So the starter set, which I think got into the top and 10 and is now at 199, looks good by those numbers.

The PHB is something else. The difference in sales as you move into single digits is massive.
 





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