It’s been a very exciting week for me and Eight Candles and a Tree. On June 17th, Amazon ranked the book as the #1 best seller in Children’s Books – Holidays and Celebrations – Jewish. By the end of last week, the book was ranked #20, and today it’s #13. The price has fluctuated from $14 to $17. The supply has gone from “only 2 left” to “only 20 left and more on the way.” So I’m learning that Amazon has a unique algorithm to rank, price and stock its books. It seems to be based on the number of sales per day, and clearly, if the book sells less one day than the day before, the ranking goes down. I wish I had photographed the banner proclaiming #1 best seller, and I hope I will see it again.
However, Amazon isn’t the only place that sells the book, so it’s not the most accurate way to measure the book’s popularity. The book is also available through the publisher and at Barnes and Noble. Independent booksellers and librarians order from the central distribution channels of Baker and Taylor or Ingram, or from the publisher, Beaver’s Pond Press.
People have told me that they love the vibrant illustrations and the inclusive message. It’s extremely gratifying to hear all this positive feedback. If you have already bought the book, thank you, and please spread the word to any families with young kids that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.