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Steve Jobs biography tops UK bestseller list

2nd November 2011

The authorised biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died last month, was the bestselling book in the UK across all formats last week.

Published just 19 days after the visionary's death, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, written by Walter Isaacson, sold 37,000 copies in its first five days on sale, according to Nielsen BookScan data.

The sales eclipsed every non-fiction and fiction title across both hardback and paperback formats, outselling the second most popular book - Kathryn Stockett's novel The Help - by 15,000 copies.

Since Nielsen BookScan records began in 1998, only four hardback biographies have sold more in their opening week on sale.

Jobs' death on October 5th resulted in mourners worldwide paying tribute to a pioneer who had a major influence on the creation of the iMac, iPod and iPad and was also a key figure in the founding of film studio Pixar.

Isaacson's biography is now tipped to be one of the top non-fiction sellers over the Christmas period, along with Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Great Britain.

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