Amazon has just released their list of the top 10 best-selling books of 2011, and it probably shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" is number one.
It had previously been announced that the Steve Jobs biography was the top selling print book of 2011, but of course that list didn't take into account Kindle sales. According to Amazon, even when you factor in e-books, Isaacson's book still takes the top spot.
“After the year of recommending books to our customers, it’s always fun to see what books really resonated with them,” said Chris Schluep, Senior Editor of Books, Amazon.com. “We chose ‘Steve Jobs’ as one of the Top 10 best books of the year, and even though it was published in October, the sales have been phenomenal in both formats. And we’re really excited that Kindle Direct Publishing authors have taken two of the top spots this year for book sales overall.”
Those "Kindle Direct Publishing" books that he mentions are "The Mill River Recluse" and "The Abbey," which were able to crack the top 10 overall bestseller list without any print sales - only Kindle sales.
Here's the complete list:
- “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
- “Bossypants” by Tina Fey
- “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard
- “The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan
- “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson
- “A Dance with Dragons” by George R.R. Martin
- “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain
- “The Litigators” by John Grisham
- “The Abbey” by Chris Culver
- “Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle)” by Christopher Paolini
Amazon has also released an editorial list of the "best" books of the year. Topping that list in "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach. They describe it as "confident, intimate, unpredictable, and wholly memorable."
"Steve Jobs" released on October 24th. It is currently the second best-selling print book and 14th best-selling Kindle book in the month of December. It has been in the Amazon top 100 for 94 days.