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Tops In 2008 Best Selling Books, Audio Books
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Tops In 2008 Best Selling Books, Audio Books

Nielsen has issued a year-end look at the most popular trends among Americans during 2008, covering everything from the top TV programs to the most popular consumer packaged goods.

William P. Young’s “The Shack” was the top-selling fiction book through November 30.

Among non-fiction books, “A New Earth,” by Eckhart Tolle was the top-seller.

The audio version of Tolle’s “A New Earth” was the top-selling audio book of the year.

Top 10 Book Sales: Adult Fiction

Rank Book Title Author Format Publisher Publication

Date

1 The Shack William P. Young Trade Paperback Hachette Book Group 7/1/08
2 The Appeal John Grisham Hardcover Random House 1/1/08
3 The Host Stephenie Meyer Hardcover Hachette Book Group 5/1/08
4 The Friday Night Knitting Club Kate Jacobs Trade Paperback Penguin Books 1/1/08
5 Water For Elephants Sara Gruen Trade Paperback Workman Publishing 5/1/07
6 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Trade Paperback Penguin Books 1/1/03
7 The Lucky One Nicholas Sparks Hardcover Hachette Book Group 9/1/08
8 The Story Of Edward Sawtelle David Wroblewski Hardcover Harper Collins 9/1/08
9 Playing For Pizza John Grisham Hardcover Random House 7/1/08
10 Fearless Fourteen Janet Evanovich Hardcover McMillan 6/1/08
Source: The Nielsen Company (December 31, 2007 – December 28, 2008).
Note: Data does not include sales from Wal-Mart, Sam’s, BJ’s, airports, and libraries. Traditionally, book sales see increases during the holidays.

Top 10 Book Sales: Adult Non-Fiction

Rank Book Title Author Format Publisher Publication

Date

1 A New Earth Eckhart Tolle Trade Paperback Penguin Books 2/1/08
2 The Last Lecture Randy Pausch Hardcover Hyperion 4/1/08
3 Eat Pray Love Elizabeth Gilbert Trade Paperback Penguin Books 2/1/07
4 Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson Trade Paperback Penguin Books 2/1/07
5 The Secret Rhonda Byrne Hardcover Simon & Schuster 11/1/06
6 Eat This Not That! David Zinczenko Trade Paperback MacMillan 1/1/08
7 The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama Trade Paperback Random House 11/1/07
8 Skinny Bitch Kim Barnouin Trade Paperback Pereus Books 1/1/06
9 Dreams from My Father Barack Obama Trade Paperback Random House 8/1/04
10 The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle Trade Paperback PGW TR 8/1/04
Source: The Nielsen Company (December 31, 2007 – November 30, 2008).
Note: Data does not include sales from Wal-Mart, Sam’s, BJ’s, airports, and libraries. Traditionally, book sales see increases during the holidays.

Top 10 Audio Book Sales: Adult and Juvenile

Rank Book Title Author Publisher Publication

Date

1 A New Earth Eckhart Tolle Penguin Books 2/1/08
2 The Secret Rhonda Byrne Simon & Schuster 11/1/06
3 The Last Lecture Randy Pausch Hyperion 4/1/08
4 Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving … Joel Osteen Simon & Schuster 10/1/07
5 The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama Random House 11/1/07
6 The Appeal (unabridged) John Grisham Random House 1/1/08
7 When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris Hachette Book Group 6/1/08
8 Twilight Stephenie Meyer Random House 10/1/05
9 The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle PGW TR 10/1/01
10 The Shack William P. Young Oasis 6/1/08
Source: The Nielsen Company (December 31, 2007 – November 30, 2008).
Note: Data does not include sales from Wal-Mart, Sam’s, BJ’s, airports, and libraries. Traditionally, book sales see increases during the holidays.

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