The book sold 379,000 copies in the United States just in its first week, said theBookseller.com, citing data from Nielsen’s BookScan service.
The bio outsold the next best seller–John Grisham’s The Litigators–by three to one and the second best-selling non-fiction title–Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln–by almost eight to one.
Released on October 24, Isaacson’s biography was written with Jobs’ cooperation but offers an unvarnished and often painfully truthful look at his life and career. To get the full story, Isaacson interviewed a variety of people associated with Jobs, both personally and professionally, many of whom openly painted both the good and the bad aspects of the late Apple leader.
The book has been one of the highest sellers on Amazon even before it hit the market, capturing a huge number of pre-orders. Though 2011 has less than two months left, the bio could become Amazon’s top seller for the entire year.
It’s already the 18th best selling book of the year overall, according to theBookseller.com, and scored the highest number of sales in one week for any book in the United States since last November. Beyond the shores of the U.S., the bio was one of the hottest-selling non-fiction titles in the U.K, selling 37,244 copies in its first week.
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