Steve Jobs has managed to keep his reputation for being No. 1 even though he’s no longer with us. The aptly named “Steve Jobs” biography, written by Walter Isaacson, has secured the highest spot atop Amazon’s list of the best-selling books of 2011.
Amazon compiled the list by measuring its print and Kindle sales. What’s really amazing is that “Steve Jobs” was only published two months ago. Some books had a 10-month headstart! Unfortunately, the legendary innovator’s death just weeks before the book was released probably played a large role in the phenomenal sales figures.
Two other top 10 books also earned special honors on this year’s list. Darcie Chan’s “The Mill River Recluse” (#4) and Chris Culver’s “The Abbey” (#9) were distributed solely through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, a self-publishing program.
These two books landed on the list without selling a single paper copy, meaning they were purchased exclusively through the Kindle ebookstore. It’s amazing to think we’ve come so far that two self-published, ebook-only novels could beat out so many of the big publishing houses who had the luxury of offering their literature in two forms.
This is quite an accomplishment for Chan and Culver, considering adult fiction ebooks only represent 13.6 percent of the entire literary market, according to the Association of American Publishers.
Here is the complete list of Amazon’s top 10 best-selling books of 2011.
1. “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson
2. “Bossypants” by Tina Fey
3. “A Stolen Life” by Jaycee Dugard
4. “The Mill River Recluse” by Darcie Chan
5. “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson
6. “A Dance with Dragons” by George R.R. Martin
7. “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain
8. “The Litigators” by John Grisham
9. “The Abbey” by Chris Culver
10. “Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle)” by Christopher Paolini