Steve Jobs biography sells more than 379,000 copies in less than 10 days

Sat, Nov 5, 2011


When news of Steve Jobs’ death began go circulate, orders of his then-upcoming biography skyrocketed an astounding 41,000%. Since it’s release about two weeks ago, the book has remained a top seller on Amazon’s print and e-ink book lists. Indeed, Amazon has said that the book may very well prove to be the most popular book in all of 2011 – a feat made all the more incredible considering that it would have only been available for about 2+ months out of the year.

Now Thebookseller is reporting that Jobs’ biography has already sold 379,000 copies in the the US.

The $35 publication, published by Simon & Schuster in the US, outsold the next bestselling book of the week, John Grisham’s The Litigators(Doubleday) by more than three copies to one, and outsold the second most popular non-fiction work, journalist Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln(Henry Holt), by almost eight copies to one.

Despite being on sale for just six days in the US, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is already the 18th bestselling book of the year. It sits one place ahead of John Grisham’s The Confession (Dell) and one place behind Rick Riordan’s The Son of Neptune (Hyperion) in the year-to-date BookScan US bestseller list.

In the wake of the success of Steve Jobs’ biography, Sony acquired the movie rights to the book and has reportedly reached out to famed writer Aaron Sorkin to pen a screenplay on Jobs’ life. Sorkin, who you might know best from The West Wing, is well equipped to tackle a technology tale and turn it into a mainstream hit. After all, he did exactly that with The Social Network.


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