Since its release on October 24th, Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has sold 379,000 copies in the United States, according to data from Nielsen BookScan.
The book, priced at $35, managed to outsell the second most popular book of the week, John Grisham’s The Litigators. Isaacson’s biography sold a total of three times as many copies as Grisham’s novel, and eight times as many copies as the second best selling non-fiction work, Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln.
Thus far, the biography is rated as the 18th bestselling book of the year, a ranking that’s sure to change before the end December. It also managed to score the biggest week of sales for any book in the U.S. in the last year. The U.K. edition of the book is one of the fastest selling non-fiction books in existence, with 37,244 copies sold in a single week.
These numbers are unsurprising when you take into account how many Apple lovers and enthusiasts are out there. Over four million iPhone 4S phones were sold in a single weekend, and the temptation of learning more about Jobs’ mysterious personal life is hard to resist. Did you read the biography, or do you plan to? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.