Former TIME managing editor Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple co-founder has topped Amazon’s list of the year’s best-selling books of 2011.
This would be a worthy achievement in its own right, but when you consider that the book was only released in late October, it’s simply staggering.
The publishing world should hardly be surprised by the news, seeing that the book sold 379,000 copies in its first week. And the book on Jobs won’t be out of the limelight for quite some time, as Sony Pictures is adapting it into a movie, with writer Aaron Sorkin in prime position to pen the adaptation.
But though Jobs rules the roost when it comes to print, he didn’t quite manage to do the double whammy in terms of topping the Kindle’s most-purchased list. Steve Jobs came third among Amazon’s e-book sales, behind top choice The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (which is also coming out as a film next year) and John Grisham’s The Litigators, which was also published in October.
And while you wouldn’t dare call Jobs anything other than a visionary, it’s nevertheless ironic that he might not have seen this e-reader success coming: back in 2008, he told the New York Times that “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore.”