James Patterson’s novella imprint BookShots, literature’s closest relative to a McDonald’s dollar-menu hamburger, has sold more than one million books since its establishment on June 7th.
For those who resisted knowing about it for as long as they could, BookShots is a series of $5 titles that are 150 pages or fewer, written by famous writers such as James Patterson, James Patterson, and James Patterson. Patterson promised that the line would revolutionize books and how they were read, arguing that modern readers are too distracted to invest in a 300 to 400 page book. While that type of criticism often comes offf as bitter fist-shaking at the ‘digital age’, we’ve got to admit, Grandpa J-Patts did make a point. At least in terms of raw numbers, people are supporting the argument that the cheap, pharmacy-line paperback is the way of the future. The Trial, about – get this – a trial, is currently perched at #1 on The New York Times‘ bestseller list, and four other BookShots titles have made it onto the list for a total of ten weeks.
Featured image courtesy of James Patterson.