Kindle best-sellers: Hawking debuts in the top ten
Wednesday 15 September 2010
Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy holds steady as the top three best-selling books in Amazon's Kindle Store for the week ending September 12. Stephen Hawking's hotly contested
The Grand Design debuted as the sixth best-selling title.
Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, released August 31 in the US and due out September 23 in the UK, is the third best-selling book last week. The much-anticipated follow-up to 2001's The Corrections, the book earned considerable press and mostly glowing reviews and has been topping best-seller lists throughout the U.S.
The Grand Design, released on September 7 in the US and September 9 in the UK, is considered to be physicist Hawking's "ultimate book," and sets out to tackle the key hows and whys of the universe. In promoting the book, Hawking set off a firestorm debate with his claims that God wasn't necessary for the creation of the Universe. Especially known for his work on theories about the Big Bang and black holes, Hawking is the author of a handful of books written for the general public. His runaway international bestseller A Brief History of Time remained on best-seller lists for years and has sold 10 million copies worldwide.
Kindle weekly best-sellers:
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson (1 = position last week)
2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson (2)
3. The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson (3)
4. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen (4)
5. A Scattered Life - Karen McQuestion (9)
6. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (5)
7. The Grand Design - Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow (new)
8. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (7)
9. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (8)
10. The Postcard Killers - James Patterson and Liza Marklund (9)
Amazon's Kindle e-reader is available internationally. Kindle e-books can also be read on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, PCs and Macs, BlackBerry and Android phones, and tablet computers including the iPad.
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