What Books Grossed the Most in 2013?


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The bestselling books of 2013 included Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck,” Dan Brown’s “Inferno” and Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s “Killing Jesus,” according to Publishers Weekly. The sales figures were compiled by examining Nielsen Bookscan and Amazon Kindle sales.

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“Hard Luck,” the eighth entry in Jeff Kinney’s popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, ranked as the top-selling print book of 2013, according to Nielsen Bookscan, which tracks around 80 percent of printed book sales. The book sold over 1.8 million hardcover copies, putting it at the top of Nielsen’s list. Kindle sales were low, however, likely due to the large number of illustrations in the book.

Dan Brown’s “Inferno” followed other hits such as “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” onto the bestseller list, ranking second in Nielsen Bookscan sales and first in Amazon Kindle sales. The novel again portrays Harvard iconology professor, Robert Langdon, as he delves into a historical mystery involving Dante’s “Inferno.”

Political pundit Bill O’Reilly and historian Martin Dugard’s “Killing Jesus” ranked as the bestselling non-fiction book of 2013. Like the pair’s previously successful “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln,” the book examines the circumstances leading up to the death of Jesus. Analyzing the events from a political and historical perspective, the book profited from O’Reilly’s name recognition, though Kindle sales were not as high as print sales.

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