The best sellers of fiction and nonfiction titles on a single list. Note the fascinating breakdown of eBook + Print versions of these top 10 best sellers.

In 7 of the 10 books, the electronic version has outsold the print version.

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One Big List
NYT Book Review February 23, 2011

Category: Books, Data Analysis

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10 Responses to “Print + eBook (Fiction & Non-Fiction)”

  1. beaufou says:

    The Rumsfeld book is non-fiction?


  2. JimRino says:

    And are Rumsfeld’s sales to individuals, or by right wing group bulk purchases to give the impression of astroturf, I mean grassroots, support?

  3. Arequipa01 says:

    ‘The train keeps a rollin’ all night long’- so don’t lie down on the tracks.

    HarperCollins- less classy since Ms. Judith Regan left (I know, how is that possible?…well I’ll tell ya…)

    “HarperCollins to libraries: we will nuke your ebooks after 26 checkouts”

    Otherwise know as ‘yes, you bought it but we still own it.’

  4. MaxMax says:

    What I see is that not one of those books is of the least interest to me. There’s no knowledge there, no depth.

  5. bergsten says:

    Three books by the same author in the top ten tells you volumes about how much chance publishers are taking these days, and how little chance new authors have of establishing themselves (unless, of course, they just happen to work for Manhattan publishers).

  6. TripleB says:

    MaxMax – Unbroken is a great read.

    I read the Larsson books just to see what the big deal was. The first one is decent, the others less so.

    I should add that all of them were hardcover books from my local library. It will be of great interest to me to see how e-books change that landscape.

  7. Lariat1 says:

    I read Water for Elephants in paperback years ago. Puts me in the 38% . Very quirky, it sucked me in. But how does an old book rank 8th? How are these marketed w/ electronic versions?

  8. Joe Friday says:


    “The Rumsfeld book is non-fiction?”

    Only on Bizarro World.

  9. Bill in SF says:

    This book isn’t out yet, but the review is worth a look.

    From ‘End of History’ Author, a Look at the Beginning and Middle

    “In a book to be published in April, “The Origins of Political Order,” Francis Fukuyama of Stanford University presents a sweeping new overview of human social structures throughout history…”
    “Dr. Fukuyama, a political scientist, is concerned mostly with the cultural, not biological, aspects of human society. But he explicitly assumes that human social nature is universal and is built around certain evolved behaviors like favoring relatives, reciprocal altruism, creating and following rules, and a propensity for warfare.”