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Best Sellers April

Hannah Gadbsy Ten Steps to Nanette

Lots of new titles joined April's Best Seller list. "Ten Steps to Nanette" by Hannah Gadsby took the number one spot with 914 sales. Bonnie Garmus came in close behind with "Lessons in Chemistry", 907 sales.

Third spot went to the 15th edition of "Wings of Fire", "The Flames of Hope" nicely timed for a good school holiday read. It sold 851 copies.

See the complete Top 50

Best Sellers is 7!

Hannah Gadbsy Ten Steps to Nanette

Circle's Community Best Sellers has been running for over seven years now!! Rich with stats it tracks the top 50 titles each month from Circle's independent bookselling community. In March 2015 the top selling book was Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Buried Giant”. Can you remember back that far?

This month last year, Ishiguro's, “Klara and the Sun” sold a whopping 2,150 copies. This popular title is still on the list today, albeit a bit further down at #42. Take a step back in time...… Visit the bestsellers blog

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April was slightly down compared to last year but YTD is now also negative for the first time in a long time. Year To Date figures now tracking at -3.8 for NZ and -2.17% AU.

Sales compared to last year March / April

  • Australia:  -6.28 / -0.24%
  • New Zealand: -11.93 / -4.1%

You can see the full year in Reports > Monthly Sales

Kia ora new stores

Jason Books

A very warm welcome to all new (and seasoned) bookshop owners. 

Escape Hatch Books
Kew East, VIC, AU

Stones Corner, QLD, AU

Constant Reader
Crows Nest, NSW, AU

Updates Last Month

In April the good work continued on the Circle gift card system. These are now ready for beta testing. Videos and detailed help files will be released soon. Another new feature developed was the ability to post completed credit notes to accounts payable. This is in a feature flag so contact support if you would like to try it.

System upgrade work continued including framework, speed and database improvements.

We are currently working on integrating returns credit notes into accounts payable. We also changed the monthly purchase order stat from purchases to use accounts payable to solve the issue of the data changing as orders are filled. Backoffice > Purchases > By Month. Highly recommend a look at this as this report has interesting implications for order budgeting (you can't sell what you don't have!).

Currently working on:

  • Rails 6 Upgrade
  • Circle Gift Card
  • Xero Integration Improvements
  • Bug Fixes

See all improvements in detail here.

ABA Conference - Ticket giveaway

We look forward to catching up with many of you at the ABA conference next month in Sydney. We also have a FREE GOLDEN TICKET to give away to one lucky bookshop person.

If you have a deserving team member you'd like to bring along (or would like to nominate yourself :-) then email us and tell us a bit about your store or organisation, and how it will benefit the team. This a full conference ticket including the Gala Dinner worth over $700 so make it a good story we can share!

Get in touch with Mary before Friday 20 May.

Get your FREE ticket!

Christchurch Ōtautahi World Premiere


Feature documentary, BEHROUZ will have its world premiere in Christchurch, on Saturday, 11 June. 

The film tells the story of award-winning Kurdish journalist and writer Behrouz Boochani. He fled the Iranian regime, seeking asylum in Australia in 2013, only to be exiled to the offshore immigration detention centre on the remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. 

Unfortunately for us we will be in Sydney at the ABA conference!

Australians can attend the Aussie Premiere in July at the ACMI, Melbourne.

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