Update Jan. 17, 2012: The top selling books of 2011 are listed here, and in that table you can view lists back to 2007. The post below refers to the 2010 top-selling titles.
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy grabbed the top three spots in USA TODAY’s annual list of top-selling books, reflecting a broader move by readers toward fiction this year. The list of 2010’s best-sellers was part of a package published today wrapping up the year’s trends as reflected in USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.
Shepherding the books list is one of those tasks I spend considerable time on and, over the years, it has become one of my favorite opportunities for data journalism. The well never seems to run dry on ideas, and with 17 years of data in our archives, there are plenty of opportunities to see how annual moves on the list stack up against long-term trends. Along with Larsson’s success, our book team’s report on trends highlighted titles and authors reaching No. 1, from Nicholas Sparks to George W. Bush.
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