Tuesday 25 September 2012

Harry Potter books - best selling books since 1998

Books in the Harry Potter series heavily dominated the list of the top 50 bestselling books since BookScan began keeping records in 1998 claiming seven places on the list. According to The Bookseller magazine, the list was topped by Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code with Angels and Demons, The Lost symbol, Deception Point and Digital Fortress also claiming places on the list. All three books in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series made the top 50 with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn all featuring.

The Lovely Bones, The Kite Runner, One Day and Birdsong were among the bookclub favourites on the bestselling list. Children’s classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo also made the top 50 list. The highest earning authors since BookScan began keeping records in 1998 were JK Rowling, Jamie Oliver and James Patterson. Maeve Binchy reached number 22 on the list selling over 6.4 million books with Marian Keyes at number 30 selling over 5.6 million.

EL James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey, reached number 26 on the list, despite having had only 3 books published. Although exact figures are not available for ebooks, it is reckoned that including books sold in this format, Fifty Shades of Grey is the best selling book ever.

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