The 2012 Best-Selling Books

Watching book sales has been an endlessly fascinating piece of my journalistic life, and the recent analysis I published of 2012’s top-selling titles from USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list is no exception.

The top 10 (posted via a nifty datatables.js embedded table), reflects the year’s most prominent trend — two series from two authors accounted for seven of the top 10 slots and about 25% of the sales the list tracked.

The table also includes annual top 100 lists back to 2007.

One tidbit that didn’t get a lot of notice: constant favorite “To Kill a Mockingbird” passed 800 weeks on the USA TODAY list. From my view, the most welcome books news of the year.


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